The Elephant (Aras)

Photo: Ali Ahmadi

Creation 2019

A site-based performance written, designed & directed by
Hossein TavazoniZadeh

Makan Ashgevari
Aban Hosseinabadi
Amir Abbasian
Parastoo Ghorbani

Directing team
Parham RostamAbadi
Sara Raouf

Director Consultants:
Mohammad Mohaghegh Montazeri
Mahyar JavadiHa

Mahoor Mirshakkak

Saeed Vakili

Ali Ahmadi

Audiovisual Consultant
Mohammed Asadi

Production Director
Ali Ahmadian


Hosting only four participants for each performance, the work begins with each meeting one of the four performers at different defined locations in District 6 of Tehran. Walking towards an old mansion (belonging to the 1940s), each performer narrates his/her story of a young man called Ali Asghar whom they have accidentally met for a short period in different times. As the starting point of the second phase of the work, the four groups reach the building almost at the same time. Entering the mansion, the spectators are received as attendees to the lost friend's funeral, where the performers act as the hosts of this ceremony. 

During both parts of the performance, the walking tour in the historical neighbourhood and while exploring the mansion as participants of a funeral, the audience and the performers explore their memories of and nostalgia for Tehran. On this interactive-immersive ground, they are invited to jointly contemplate/question love, death, migration, and the sense of belonging to the homeland.

Awards and Nominations

35th Fadjr International Theater Festival (Alternative Theatre Section)