Mehdi FARAJPOUR is an Iranian choreographer and artistic director for ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company. 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, installation, poetry, theatre and performance art. He divides his time between creating shows and teaching his movement method called EMPTY BODY.
The Monk Performer is the title of Mehdi’s book published in 2008 in Tehran. The book consist of his theories about Presence & Concentration.
Currently, he is the curator and manager of PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY which is an intensive educational program aiming to train a new generation of multi-disciplined and independent creators under the supervision of world’s acclaimed artists.
Examples of the venues & festivals where Mehdi’s works (shows&workshops) have been seen: IMPULSTANZ festival (Vienna), PUF festival (Croatia), OPERA-PRIMA festival (Italy), Institut du Monde Arabes (Paris), Istrian national theatre (Croatia), TESZT festival (Romania), CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor’s Museum in Krakow), Wroclaw National Art Museum (Poland), FIAT festival (Montenegro), TANZFAKTUR (Cologne), SOLO festival (Moscow)…
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 and 2018.