Mehdi FARAJPOUR is the founder, 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 art fields such as dance, theatre, video, poetry, performance and installation art. He divides his time between creating shows for the company and teaching his creative 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 ideas about the Presence & Concentration of performers when performing.
He is currently the program manager for PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY that is a summer intensive educational program aiming at training a new generation of multi-disciplined and independent artists under the supervision of acclaimed invited artists/companies from across the world to Paris.
Examples of the venues & festivals where Mehdi’s works (Shows & workshops) have been invited: IMPULSTANZ festival (Vienna, Austria), PUF (Pula, Croatia), OPERA-PRIMA festival (Rovigo, Italy), Institut du Monde Arabes (Paris, France), Istrian National Theatre (Croatia), SOLO festival (Moscow, Russia), TESZT festival (Romania), CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor’s Museum in Krakow, Poland), Wroclaw National Art Museum (Poland), FIAT festival (Montenegro), SOMMERBLUT festival (Cologne, Germany), MOHO festival (Perm, Russia), Contemporary Choreography festival (Omsk, Russia), Londrina Dance festival (Londrina, Brazil), Teatro Santa Isabel (Recife, Brazil), Kypria festival (Limassol & Nicosia, Cyprus)…
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, 2015, 2016, 2019 (The Best Performance award for ETC ETC. YET UNTITLED, SUMMER COLLECTION BY MF & META) from PUF.