Finding the Right Image
From the very beginning, even before I submitted my proposal, I described my project as the following: “Narrating an epic story with the aid of a series of images printed on a curtain.”(1)
Therefore, after submitting my proposal, the very first task I sat for myself was to find the right image. I was mostly looking online although I did look at some books and magazines as well. Given the popularity of the story I had chosen, Rostam and Sohrab, I knew I would find many different images after doing a simple Google search.
these are some of the images I found online after doing a quick search. T
here were many different types of pictures available so immediately I realized that I need to decide what type and style would fit my project.
I was looking at individual images from the story I had chosen, Rostam O Sohrab, in hope of putting them together and creating a “curtain.” However, since the story I had chose is an already exiting story, and a very popular one, in Iran, I was also hoping to find an already complete image for a “curtain.”The latter was more difficult to find but I did manage to find two and used one of them for my rehearsal process.
1) The idea of an image aiding the storytelling in narrating the story came from a traditional style of Iranian theatre called PardehKhani(Reading off the Curtain)
I was planning to have the image printed on a large banner. However, for most of my rehearsal process I used a projector to project the image on the wall.
Photos by Camilla Brison
I tried to have the projected image in the background in as many rehearsals as possible. However, I did spent some of my rehearsal sessions without it, trying to imagining the image on the background.
Given the solo nature of my piece, aside from the few times when I had an outside eye, I was mostly rehearsing individually. Therefore, I would film myself as often as possible and I would review them later.
one of my rehearsal clips
Rehearsal – 2
In one of my rehearsal, I experimented with the idea of adding an additional performer to my project.
photos by Camilla Brison
Creating a New Image
Although the image I had found online was very useful for my rehearsal process, the resolution was not high enough for it to be printed on a large banner (1.5 to 2.00 meter). Therefore, I went back to my original idea of trying to make a huge image out of smaller images.
Finally a new “curtain” was designed by Khodadad Rezakhani
The image was then printed on a banner by AK Design & Print
My interim presentations were on the 11th and 12thof June.
Photos by Camilla Brison
Public Performance – 1
My first public performance was in the Isle of Wight as part of the Ventnor Fringe Festival. I performed on 17th of August in the Yurt
I also made a Facebook page for my project
Public Performance – 2
My second public performance was on August 20th at SOAS
warm-up before the performance!