Not I, by Alirezah Keymanesh, May 14th 2014

Alireza Keymanesh is an Iranian actor and a guest researcher at ArtEZ School of Arts. He started his research at ArtEZ in June 2013, on the subject of “The society’s influence on the human body”, and the similarity of this subject with the influence of Samual Beckett’s scripts on the performer’s body. He carried out this research by participating in the courses’ Dance, Master of Choreography, and DAI (Dutch Art Institute). This piece will be the second play that he has performed at ArtEZ and it is his final presentation. There will be a post talk discussion after the Performance.

“Not I” is a research based Physical or Dance Theater Performance. He has been working on this for more than one year. Everything began with Samuel Beckett’s script called “Not I”. By reading the book “Discipline and Punish” written by Foucault and practicing various techniques such as “View Points”, Ballet and other classical dance forms, contanct improvisation, everything became somewhat independent of as well as relevant to “Not I”, until the moment that he decided to make a free adaptation of “Not I”. By this adaptation he tried to stay with the form of the Beckett’s plays. He used the exact words of the “Not I” script as much as he could and made a collage of them to achieve the concept he wished the audience experience. This is a piece which has different layered, elements and images that both individually and combined together make a different meaning from the play. The end result expresses the notion of punishment and discipline of the body in society while it is being seen as an oppressed element.

Not I, Free Adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s “Not I”, written by Alireza Keymanesh

Actors: Alireza Keymanesh, Riedon van den Berg, Sophie Mayuex // Advisor: João da Silva // Composer: Pasha Karami // Graphic designer: Shokouh Ahmadi // Photo by: Saeed Siadati.

A production of 84theater Company.

Alirezah Keymanesh position as guest researcher in the Netherlands has been initiated and  kindly supported by UAF

May 14th 2014 // Place: Theater one at ArtEZ // Time at 20:00


ArtEZ institute of the arts // Onderlangs 9, 6812 CE Arnhem



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