MaHa ‘body movement’ Festival

© Sanaz Raeisi . March 2016 . Tehran

MaHa ‘body movement‘ Festival had its first edition in the March of 2016. one year after ‘No. 3, Tehran’ the collective was able to receive the permission to initiate this overground ‘body movement’ festival with the support of Dramatic Arts Center of Iran and Daa Theater House and present 9 choreographic pieces by 9 artists. This festival went on for 9 days and welcomed a large number of people and made it to the public press. The significant point about this approved ‘body movement’ festival is the fact that it was a first since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Some of the pieces presented in this festival are still touring internationally.

The list of works presented in the festival is as follows:

Room by Heeva Sedaqat
She by Armineh Astanbood
Prelude by Sina Saberi
Translation by Sanaz Raeisi
Parantheses by Maryam Bagheri Nesami
Shekarpareh by Mitra Ziaee Kia
Passage by Irandokht Yousefi
Suddenly by Mostafa Shabkhan

No. 3, Tehran

© Hooman Nobakht . March 2015 . Tehran

During this private event which took place in the underground studio of MaHa Collective, long before MaHa was founded, we presented 8 short pieces. Most of these works were the first choreographic tryouts of the artists involved. At the time, independent dance artist, Mostafa Shabkhan was in charge of training and mentorship for all these artists. This event took place for about one week and in our audience we welcomed film makers, visual artists, musicians, theater directors, performers etc. from various fields in order to share our choreographic experiences and also receive feedback for our processes. The artists involved in the project were: Mostafa Shabkhan, Maryam Bagheri Nesami, Mitra Ziaee Kia, Armineh Astanboos, Sanaz Raeisi, Shirin Farshbaf, Soroush Kariminejad, Mahsa Ranjbarian, Soheyla Salehi, Pooneh Baniasad & Ava Golkar.