People personalise the homes they live in. But do these spaces, in turn, also impact their inhabitants? In Apart-ment, Keyvan Sarreshteh, born in Iran in 1987, recalls major moments from his life and the many different apartments in Tehran in which he experienced them. Before moving house for the first time at age 13, he drew the floor plan of the place he had called home up to that point in a notebook. And in his performance, while telling the audience about the boy next door who died of leukaemia or about being in love for the very first time, he draws the layout of the master bedroom, balcony and toilet onto the floor using a soaked sponge. His memories remain, but the wet lines keep disappearing. This simple yet poetic act in Sarreshteh’s reduced, imaginative performance illustrates the never-ending passage of time. For every new experience, something is left behind. In order to get to unknown places, familiar ones must be abandoned. Sarreshteh’s play, which is also his debut as an author, is highly acclimed in his home country. Now, the Wiener Festwochen are giving audiences the chance to see Apart-ment outside Iran for the very first time.
- Artistic Team
By and with Keyvan Sarreshteh Light design Niloofar Naghibsadati Artistic collaboration Nazanin Mehraein, Navid Fayaz Dobakhshari Tour management Marjan Pourgholamhossein
Premiere February 2013, Experiment Student Theatre Festival (Tehran)
Keyvan Sarreshteh is an author, performer and theatre maker, born in 1987 in Tehran. In 2013 he received his BA in Puppet Theatre from the University of Tehran, he translated several books and numerous articles on documentary theatre and is working on his MA thesis on Dramatic Literature. His own biography, memories, personal stories and power relations (both interpersonal and political) are aspects that inspire him in his artistic creation. As a playwright, Keyvan Sarreshteh collaborated in quite a wide range of projects but each one of them had a historical, political or personal thread that drew him to them in the first place. I was King Richard is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of Richard the Second that focused on his deposition as king and the reversal of power; Pink Cloud is based on a short story about an Iranian soldier who is killed in enemy lands and follows his remains as they are misplaced and misattributed; Manus, a verbatim play about Australian detention centers for asylum seekers; and most recently Fore(named), an experimental documentary piece about a famous Iranian director whose project gets cancelled in a Russian festival. With Apart-ment one of his own stagings is presented outside Iran for the first time.