The Manual

 

THE MANUAL

Ctrl+Z THEATER GROUP / NIMA DEHGHANI

Photos by: Mani Lotfizadeh

 

A performer imprisoned in a vending machine- as a product- performs based on the audience's demand- as a customer-. The audience can choose the music, the scene, the language, and the lighting as a director, or dictator.

In the original/desired setup, the whole project is under the  control of 15 surveillance cameras and security confronts any suspicious or disturbing behavior (But this part is not mandatory

The site-specific performance of "The Manual" (The correct way to use the machine), is an experience for the usage of social measures; violence, security, and the sense of control that exists in totalitarian societies by the performative elements with anxiety. In fact, it’s a study on the basis of the audience’s scale of decision and power of action, in spite of the severity of force and authority which is dominant in the environment.

The play script is an adaptation of Hamlet by Shakespeare, based on the critical situation in Iran. The sick relationship between the state's power and the people. "Iranianised Hamlet" now lives and performs in Tehran, in a vending machine. Get the audience cash through the machine and gives them back what they request, or what they want, actually what they are. - mirroring them-.

The Manual is an effort to connect two complex situations -Iran 2010-2018 and Denmark 1599 that profoundly affect who encounters the performer in the box which can be globalized easily. The Manual is an integration of technology and theater, employing classic narratives in a modern context to challenge the socio-political situation of the time, through a process of subtraction, displacement, emphasis, and replacement.

 

 

THE MANUAL

-First performed on July 8, 2012

-“Shahr Theater”, Tehran, Iran  

It-Also performed at “Tehran East Gallery”, Tehran, Iran

It-Also shown as a video presentation at Carnegie Mello University, Pittsburgh, USA

 

Performed 40 times in 2012

Ctrl+Z THEATER GROUP / NIMA DEHGHANI

(Performers) Alireza Keymanesh, Ehsan Badakhshan, Mahdi Salamani, Mahdi Shahedi, Amir Ebadi asl, Mahan Hirbod, Mahdi Gharachedaghi, Aliasghar Kouzegar, Maryam Gorji, Delaram Hashemi ; (Music) Bamdad Afshar ; (Photography) Mani Lotfizadeh; (Video) Amin Kaffashzadeh; (Light Design) Aliasghar Kouzegar; (Graphic design) Pejman Takdehghan; (Production Manager) Mohammad Safarpour.

 

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