Mehdi FARAJPOUR is an Iranian choreographer and artistic director for ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company based in Paris. He began as a theatre artist but now is considered as conceptual performance artist.
Mehdi’s artistic career covers various fields such as dance, video, photography, poetry, theatre and performance art. He divides his time between creating shows and teaching his movement method called EMPTY BODY.
The Monk Performers is the title of Mehdi’s book published in 2008 in Tehran. The book consist of his theories about Presence & Concentration.
Currently, he is program manager of PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY. The program aims at training a new generation of multi-disciplined dancers and performers under supervision of world-widely known artists.
Examples of the venues & festivals where Mehdi work (shows/workshops) has been seen are: IMPULSTANZ festival (Vienna), Institut du Monde Arabes (Paris), Istrian national theatre (Croatia), CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor’s museum in Krakow), Wroclaw National museum, Sopot national gallery, TANZFAKTUR (Cologne), SOLO festival (Moscow)…
He is mainly active in Europe (Germany, England, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Croatia, Norway, Belorussia,…) and in Asia (India, Turkey, South Korea & Iran).
Awards/Achievements: 2008 (The best choreography and creative music for Suddhalaiyadi from 26th international theatre festival, Tehran). 2008 (grant from “Hooyong performing Arts Center” of South Korea). 2009 (grant called Orient and Europe from Poland). 2010 (he was part of jury for Minsk international university theatre festival). 2011 (awarded The Best Director Prize for his performance BECKETT (I END) at the international theatre festival of Lomza, Poland). 2013 (The Best Performance Prize for “ETC, ETC.” from festival PUF, Croatia). 2015 & 2016, The same festival awarded him for two other shows called YET UNTITLED and for SUMMER COLLECTION BY M.F. Mehdi was the guest artist at H.P.A.C. of South Korea during September 2017.