Twenty Minutes to 10 in the Morning 

Photos: Reza Javidi

Creation  2018 & 2019

A documentary stage performance/artistic research by
Hossein Tavazoni-zadeh


We began by conducting interviews with a diverse group of women in their late 40s or 50s from various countries including Iran, Russia, France, the USA, Austria, and the Netherlands. In addition to these interviews, the performers also incorporated recorded dialogues with their own mothers and close relatives. This combination of materials formed the basis of the text, creating a mosaic-like structure.

Central to the design of this project are four main sources of inspiration: the Iranian traditional passion play (Ta'zieh), the Iranian marriage proposal ceremony, Iranian mourning rituals, and F.G Lorca's play "The House of Bernarda Alba."

Thus far, the project has been staged in Iran, Georgia, and the Netherlands. Initially, we shared the first phase of our rehearsals with the theatre association of Tbilisi Medical University in an abandoned theatre hall. Subsequently, we performed at the 6th Shahr Theatre Festival in Tehran, utilizing not only the hall at Pardis Theatre but also the surrounding yard and a historical cemetery close to the venue as part of the performance's setting.

Our most recent stop was at the Grand Theatre in Groningen, where we embarked on a three-week residency to further develop the artistic research. This residency culminated in a public presentation, marking the final shaping of the work on stage. As an ongoing project, we continue to collect documentary materials and refine the text.

Assistant Directors
Mehdi Gharehjehdaghi & Sara Raouf

Cast (Grand Theatre, Groningen, the Netherlands, 2019)
Aida Toutounchi, Parastoo Ghorbani, Saeedeh Niazkhani, Tina Younestabar, & Yasaman Koozehgar

Cast (6th Shahr Theatre Festival, Pardis Theatre Complex, Tehran, Iran, 2019)
Aida Toutounchi, Niloofar Nedaie, Parastoo Ghorbani, Yasam Kouzehgar

State Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia (2018)
Aida Toutounchi, Anna Machabelli, Niloofar Nedaie, Parastoo Ghorbani, Tina Younestabar

Mehdi Gharehjehdaghi 

Technical Assistant
Vahid Alimardani

Music and Sound Design
Mehdi Vakili & Yasaman Koozehgar

Tina Younestabar

Presented at

Grand Theatre, Groningen, the Netherlands, 2019
Pardis Theatre Complex,  Tehran, Iran, 2019
State Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2018

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