Dialogue Among Civilizations

 

A note from the artistic director

The desire for communication and sharing has been the fundamental impulse for men to create art and language. Theatre, from the beginning, has been the most intimate form of art that requires the participation of artists and spectators alike. At Boston Experimental Theatre (B.E.T.), I’ve been studying Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty and Jerzy Grotowski’s Poor Theatre in an effort to create an environment in which both artists and spectators alike can connect to their dreams and emotions at their deepest level. As an Iranian artist living and working in the United States since 2002, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that my cultural dialogue with my American colleagues has a significant impact on the quality of my productions. Although, I have been very disappointed to learn that many other Iranians and Americans do not have this great opportunity of cultural exchange.

Living in an era when misunderstanding and intolerance has created increased violence, I feel a responsibility to share my own experiences of dialogue among cultures.  Since arriving in the United States of America, Dr. Dariush Shayegan’s philosophy of ‘Dialogue Among Civilizations’ has informed my way of living in this new home and helped me to recognize how important it is for 21st century citizens to understand and feel the desire of intimate dialogue. Art or War, the intimate dialogue is inevitable.

Boston Experimental Theatre (BET) was created in 2008 with a vision to study the psychological theatre of Antonin Artaud and the physical theatre of Gerzy Grotowski in rehearsals and performances.

In 2013 we decided to also study and practice “Dialogue Among Civilizations”; Inspired by Iranian philosopher Dr. Dariush Shayegan, to create an environment for Iranian and American artists and free thinkers to have opportunities to learn about others in a cultural settings. Ever since, we were able to produce the very first theatre collaboration between Tehran and Boston (CREATURES, 2013), bringing Iranian performances directly from Tehran to Boston, studying and producing the Persian epic, “(SHAHNAMEH: The Persian Book of Kings, 2014-15) , and producing an adaptation of Sadegh Hedayat’s ( Blind Owl, 2015). All inspired by theatre and philosophy of Mr. Artaud and Mr. Grotowski our goal is to create a psychoanalytic and cultural dialogue with our artists, collaborators, supporters and spectators from Iran and US.

Vahdat Yeganeh

Founder/Artistic Director