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Jun 14

Theater Movement: ​​Keeping Up With the Iranians on Konträr

June 14 - 19:00 - 20:40 EEST

SEK150 – SEK300

Within the framework of the Theater In Palm project and in collaboration with Konträr, Intercult presents this spring’s fourth Theater Movement: Keeping Up With the Iranians at Konträr on June 14. A cracking party show that traces Iranian pop music history and invites you to dance, dream and cake!

From 18.00 onwards the audience is invited to a mingling with the opportunity to network with other theater enthusiasts and talk to Intercult about Theater in Palm and other European cultural projects. Take the opportunity to ask your questions about the Theater Academy  which, among other things, will be held at Konträr.

About Keeping Up with the Iranians:
Shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution, the new leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, banned music in the country, equating it to opium. As a result, many artists moved to Los Angeles to find new ways to make a living and practice their artistry in exile without the support they previously received from the authorities. This was often via recordings of, and concerts of, the dāmbuli dimbol music genre , as that was the music people danced to at mehmooni (a social event where you are invited to someone’s home for dinner, dancing, celebrating, etc.). It is a fugitive culture of dance, music and joy, and it has long been dismissed as apolitical and poisoned art by intellectuals, Marxists, Islamists and Westerners. But with the help of illegal dissemination, it has found its way back to Iran and become mainstream culture behind closed doors. Repression has made this music signify secret community and freedom – a catalyst for realizing one’s dreams.

The performance Keeping Up with the Iranians takes its roots in this part of music history by recreating a mehmooni with world-renowned singers Setareh and Poupak, chart-topping pianist Fereshteh and renowned choreographer Dancing Dina, who come all the way from Los Angeles to visit. To the tune of dāmbuli dimbol songs, they invite the audience to an unforgettable evening of dance, music, cake and joy.

When? 14 June 19.00, mingling from 18.00
Where? Östgötagan 33, Stockholm
How? Tickets are booked via Konträr’s newsletter

Playing time: 100 minutes

Keeping Up with the Iranians has previously played at Nordisk Kulturkontakt, Sophiensaele, Centrale Fies, Slugtown, Folkteatern, Oceanen, Galleri Mejan, Konstakademien and Uppsala Art Museum.

Afrang Nordlöf Malekian

Cast and co-creators:
Mia Herman, Sepideh Khodarahmi, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, Edwin Safari

Afrang Nordlöf Malekian

Graphic designers:
Agga Stage, Johnny Chang

Poster photographer:
Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Many thanks to: Nour Helou, Poya Livälven, Malin LQ, Samuel Girma

About Konträr:
KONTRÄR is a programming stage for innovative and experimental contemporary theatre. KONTRÄR presents world premieres, international guest performances, national co-productions, conceptual shows, happenings, talks and concerts.


June 14
19:00 - 20:40 EEST
SEK150 – SEK300
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Östgötagatan 33
Stockholm, 116 25 Sweden
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