EMPTY BODY is a contemporary choreographic practice where Dance, Theatre, Performance & Poetry come together. The method is profoundly inspired by Persian poetry and is initiated by Mehdi Farajpour (choreographer of ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company). The main challenge for practicers of EMPTY BODY workshops is how to reach  the state of Emptiness in the mind as well as in the body. The same goal as for Hindus: SAMADHI (समाधि), or for Dervishes: FANA (فقر و فنا)  & for Buddhists: NIRVANA (निर्वाण).

Empty body is the most proper form of body for dancers as well as for performers. An empty body is the purest form of being which does not carry any character nor any characteristics. So, an Empty body can easily represent any elements in the world. It can remain stood up as a tree for years, or stay motionless as a stone for ages, it can breath as the air and wave as the wind. To avoid any fake and naive image from the method, this all needs a deep understanding from spirituality, poetry, Meditation and Sufism. The workshop Meditative dance is trying to give a basic taste of all this to its audience.

Through the course participants would learn basic lessons of creating choreographies inspired by poetry, nature, imagination as well as everyday life. On the way of looking for an new dance style, the method gives a try to different dance forms, bodily expressions, cyclic yoga, body/mind research styles and of course the Poetry.

The method has been presented in the following cities and countries: Poland (Opole, Tczew, Krakow), South Korea (Hooyong performing Art’s center, Nottle theatre company), Belarus (Minsk), Finland (Tampere, Turku, Helsinki), Turkey (Istanbul, Trabzon), Iran (Tehran), France (Paris Summer Academy, Besançon), Spain (Barcelona, Girona, Valencia), Germany (Hofheim), Norway (Oslo) & UK (Sheffield) and soon at IMPULSTANZ festival (Vienna) and Hiroshima theatre (Barcelona).

Mehdi FARAJPOUR is an Iranian choreographer and artistic director for ORIANTHEATRE Company based in Paris. He is graduated from Theater department of Soureh Fine Arts University, Tehran. He began as a theatre artist and dancer but now is considered as a conceptual performance artist. He divides his time between creating work for the stage and teaching his creative dance and performance language called MEDITATIVE DANCE. Mehdi’s artistic career covers many fields such as Dance, Video, Photography, Literature & poetry, theater and performance art. The Monk Performers is the title of Mehdi’s first book published in 2008. This book is the conclusion of his personal/practical experience on the stage. In 2008, in collaboration with Indian Bharatnatyam dancers, he won The Prize for the best choreography and creative music composition from 26th international theatre festival of Tehran. At the end of 2008, he achieved a grant from “Hooyong performing Arts Center” to create a performance in South Korea as a part of Artist in residency program. 2009 brought him another creation grant entitled Orient and Europe from Poland. In 2010, he was part of the jury for the international theater festival in Minsk, in Belarus. In the summer of 2011, he was awarded The Best Director Prize for his performance BECKETT at the international festival of Lomza, Poland. In 2013, he received another award called “The Best Performance Prize” for his show called “ETC, ETC.”from International Contemporary Theatre festival (PUF) in Pulà, Croatia. In 2015, he received the same prize for a new show called “YET UNTITLED”. In 2013, he founded an international educational program in Paris called PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY in partnership with CITÉ DES ARTS DE PARIS & Centre de danse du Marais. Mehdi has been frequently performed and taught in Europe (Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Croatia, France) and in Asia (India, South Korea, Iran).

*Empty Body will be happen in English language
**The results of this workshop will be shown in a public presentation in Sala Hiroshima

Conceptual performance Artist.
Artistic Director/Choreographer en Oriantheatre Dance Compan


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