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Iran – Beyond borders with Instabili Vaganti theatre company

Debute of "8 ½ Theatre Clips", experimental distance theatre series of eight video-performances

Beyond Borders is a project conceived by Instabili Vaganti theatre company during the period of lockdown to maintain an active communication with artists from different countries.

The company tried to transform the limits due to the COVID emergency into new practices of collaboration, and by means of online platforms to create a virtual place for reflection and intercultural confrontation, for artistic sharing and creation, able ‘to photograph’ the peculiar historical period we are living in and to generate a “shared global memory” – a theme since ever intersecting Anna Dora Dorno and Nicola Pianzola’s artistic path.

The first result of the project is 8 1⁄2 Theatre Clips: How the pandemic changed our lives, a theatre-series in eight and half episodes made with the Don Quixotte Company, with the participation of Iranian director Ali Shams and renown performer Danial Kheirikhan, the intervention by composer based in Bologna Riccardo Nanni for the creation of the original music, and the co-production by the Embassy of Italy in Teheran.

Freely inspired by Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ – in which a director is isolated for thermal treatments while preparing a new film, immersed in a tangle of dreams and daily life–, the performance investigates the themes of the single episodes (awaiting, fear, boredom, dream, the new social relations, the return to the cities, the freedom after the lockdown) experimenting from time to time different ways of remote interaction, of editing, using the different techniques and languages of theatre, and always in a bilingual dialogue between the actors.

From August to December, the eight video-performances will be broadcast on the Instabili Vaganti company and the Embassy of Italy in Teheran’s social media channels.
The first episode, Beyond the mirror, was broadcast on August 5th, the others will be on September 2nd and 30th, October 21st, November 4th and 18th, December 2nd and 17th.

Italian Ambassador in Teheran Giuseppe Perrone has underlined that the project – aside from the artistic message and the personal or social reflections the video-performance may convey – aims at overcoming the physical and geographical distances due to the pandemic to keep on stimulating and strengthening the contacts and the cultural, artistic, and expressive fusions between Italian and Iranian actors and the audience from the two countries.


Instabili Vaganti theatre company

Embassy of Italy in Teheran

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