Premiered on: 2014 – Duration: 40min – Genre: Interdisciplinary – Concept, direction, choreography & performance: Mehdi Farajpour – Music : Mehdi FARAJPOUR (live)
Performed at : Köln Inter-cultural stage (Arkadash Theatre, Germany) – Sopot National Gallery of contemporary Art (Poland) – Wroclaw National museum of Art (Poland).
YET UNTITLED is an interdisciplinary performance by Mehdi Farajpour. The main concept on which the performance is built up on is to create a poetic relationship between new technologies (video & sound art) with body and movement. In parallel to this technical approach, there is an artistic concept that is critically questioning the very fragile connection between our so-called civilised body with the Nature. This concept is being exposed by manipulating natural elements (brunches, soil, etc) on stage and mixing it up with the body of performer. The conclusion of this mixture or this new creature (Human-Tree) appears as a shadow on the back ground screen.
1) YET UNTITLED aims at creating a surrealist and poetic images, using the body as a landscape. This concept is the joint point of the performance with Rumi’s philosophy about the Steps of evolution. In some of his poems, he speaks about human roots and the way it comes from the plants, animals and at the end it becomes human. This is the last form of being before becoming the God.
2) Shadow is the only sign of existence. Whatever exist has a shadow otherwise it belongs to another dimension of the existence.
3) Shadow has an important role in Persian poetry. In that mentioned culture, shadow always stands against the sun, and as an opposite element but not in a negative sense, although the sun has always been considered as a symbol of truth. Having in mind the fact that Iran is relatively sunny land, very often Shadow is considered as a shelter for human to protect him/her from the sun (this is perhaps opposite in occidental cultures).