With its basis on affirming borders in ancient times, Tirgan offers a challenging and thought-provoking opportunity to take a new look at borders in time, space, taste, and artistic disciplines and their place and relevance to art and culture at present time.

 

Curatorial StatementAcknowledgments

Discipline:

Venue:

Iranian Art Today

7:00pm –10:00pm

Featuring Abbas Kiarostami, Aydin Aghdashloo, Gholamhossein Nami, Javad Mojabi, Mohammad Ehsaei, Nasser Ovissi, Majid Abbasi, Farshid Mesghali, Reza Basiri, and Morteza Momayez, Farideh Lashai, Khosrow Sinai, Bahram Dabiri, Khosrow Bayat, Sirak Melkonian and Mahmoud Javadipour.

Mohamad Reza Lotfi and Shayda Ensemble

9:00pm

Music

Lotfi takes the audience on a journey down memory lane by offering improvisations on old favourites of Persian music and offering new compositions.

Iranian Art Today

6:00pm –10:00pm

Featuring Abbas Kiarostami, Aydin Aghdashloo, Gholamhossein Nami, Javad Mojabi, Mohammad Ehsaei, Nasser Ovissi, Majid Abbasi, Farshid Mesghali, Reza Basiri, and Morteza Momayez, Farideh Lashai, Khosrow Sinai, Bahram Dabiri, Khosrow Bayat, Sirak Melkonian and Mahmoud Javadipour.

Dance Workshop by Anna Djanbazian

6:30pm – 7:30pm

With over thirty years of experience in teaching and training dance, Anna Djanbazian is a distinguished instructor in various styles of dance. In Tirgan, she is holding two dance workshops to teach basics of Persian Dancing.

Saeid Shanbehzadeh

7:00pm

Dance

For the first time in Toronto, this ensemble will present a fusion of live music and dance of southern Iran.

Visual Art Presentation- with opening remarks by the artists, introduced by the Director/Curator, Firouzeh Athari (in English and Persian)

7:00pm

Visual Arts

This exhibition explores the concept of the Artist in Exile, The Artist at Home. Can artistic and cultural identity be defined beyond geographical borders?

Mahshid Amirshahi

7:00pm

Literary Arts

The author of more than ten novels and collections of short stories reads from own books.

Talk on Myth of Arash the Archer: Houra Yavari

8:00pm – 9:00pm

According to legends, Tirgan is the outcome of a dispute over borders between two ancient empires of Iran and Touran.

Staging of "Blind Owl" - Directed by Niloofar Beyzaie

8:00pm

Theatre

Focusing on the subject of identity, exile, freedom and oppression, and women’s political and social restrictions.

Dance: Kurdish House

8:00pm

Family

A musical event for children and families!

Staging of "The Mute Who Was Dreamed," a play directed by Atila Pesyani

9:30pm

Theatre

A deeply symbolic story of a deaf mute child and her relationship with her care-giver, this story is told without words but in a series of images and sounds.

Trichy Sankaran is accompanied by Reza Manbachi and Amir Manbachi./Persian Classical and South India Classical

9:30pm

Music

Bringing native music together and creating an event showcasing different types of classical music form Iran to India.

TechnoFunk Collective with DJs Amir Ebrahimnia, DJ Shine and Simon Rojas

11:00pm

Music

Technofunk Collective brings a collection of Techno, Dance and Funky Music.

DJ Beatsyndrome (Hamed Safi and Navid Mehr), presents Techno and Electronic dance music

11:00pm

Music

Energetic and funky dance music influenced by Middle Eastern and Persian melodies.

Iranian Art Today

12:00pm –10:00pm

Featuring Abbas Kiarostami, Aydin Aghdashloo, Gholamhossein Nami, Javad Mojabi, Mohammad Ehsaei, Nasser Ovissi, Majid Abbasi, Farshid Mesghali, Reza Basiri, and Morteza Momayez, Farideh Lashai, Khosrow Sinai, Bahram Dabiri, Khosrow Bayat, Sirak Melkonian and Mahmoud Javadipour.

Iranian Constitutional Revolution Photo Exhibition from Iranica Encyclopedia

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Visual Arts

Presenting a view of life in Iran 100 years ago!

Visual Art Presentation- with opening remarks by the artists

12:30pm

Visual Arts

Featuring Farshid Mesghali, whose work has been exhibited in Europe, the USA, and Iran, and Javad Mojabi, who has published hundreds of critical works and essays on art and culture.

Dance/Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre

1:00pm

Dance

Persian dance performance accompanied by live music and a poetry recital.

Face Painting and Clown

1:00pm

Family

Interactive entertainment for children and families!

Storytelling by Shahrzad Koraim, Sahar Talebizadeh & Parisa Ghavami

1:00pm

Family

A storytelling workshop in both Farsi and English for children and families.

Songs of Silence (Persian – Khosrow Sinai)

1:30pm

Film

Documentary film based on Yasamin Sinaei's paper mache (sculpting with paper).

Shawrak Music Centre

1:30pm

Dance

Music

A performance of traditional Iranian music and western classical music as well as traditional, folk and modern Iranian dance.

Staging of "Blind Owl" - Directed by Niloofar Beyzaie

2:00pm

Theatre

Focusing on the subject of identity, exile, freedom and oppression, and women’s political and social restrictions.

Dance/Djanbazian Dance Company

2:00pm

Dance

The award-winning Djanbazian Dance Company will present dances with diverse ethnic origins from cultures which share close ties with Iranian culture.

Music Workshop conducted by Mrs. Sophia Khalafi

2:00pm

Family

Musical activities for young children and families!

Talking with A Shadow (Goftogu ba Sayeh

2:30pm

Film

Sadegh hedayat is undoubtedly one of the most influential contemporary writers of Iran. Today, though over 50 years after his time, he continues to inspire passionate debate amoung his adamant supporters and opponents.

Storytelling by Shahrzad Koraim, Sahar Talebizadeh & Parisa Ghavami

3:00pm

Family

A storytelling workshop in both Farsi and English for children and families.

Saeid Shanbehzadeh

3:30pm

Dance

For the first time in Toronto, this ensemble will present a fusion of live music and dance of southern Iran.

Music Workshop conducted by Mrs. Sophia Khalafi

4:00pm

Family

Musical activities for young children and families!

The Pear Tree (Persian – “Derakht Golabi”) (1998)

5:00pm

Film

It’s the late 1940's and Mahmoud, a famous writer, is suffering from writer's block, The story unfold as he relives his past in an effort to restart his creativity. Film screening followed by discussions with leading actors Golshifteh Farahani and Homayoun Ershadi.

Mahshid Amirshahi

5:00pm

Literary Arts

The author of more than ten novels and collections of short stories reads from own books.

Storytelling by Shahrzad Koraim, Sahar Talebizadeh & Parisa Ghavami

5:00pm

Family

A storytelling workshop in both Farsi and English for children and families.

Shiraz Ensemble / Persian Classical (Traditional) Music

5:30pm

Music

Performing Persian music with a repertoire of original contemporary compositions as well as classical pieces.

Workshop of "Only Sound Remains" by Soheil Parsa

6:00pm

Theatre

With award winning director, Soheil Parsa , the founder of Modern Times Stage Company.

Music Workshop conducted by Mrs. Sophia Khalafi

6:00pm

Family

Musical activities for young children and families!

Traditional Epic Recital (Poetry): Recitation of Rostam and Sohrab from Book of Kings (Shahnameh)

7:00pm

Literary Arts

Inspired by traditional “Naghali”, recounting the story of “Rostam, the legendary warrior.

Iranian Art: Where Does It Stand Today?

7:00pm

Visual Arts

Bringing some of the most celebrated contemporary Iranian artists together, this discussion will present various aspects and views on visual arts in contemporary Iran.

Dance Workshop by Anna Djanbazian

7:00pm – 8:00pm

With over thirty years of experience in teaching and training dance, Anna Djanbazian is a distinguished instructor in various styles of dance. In Tirgan, she is holding two dance workshops to teach basics of Persian Dancing.

Darya Dadvar / Classical Opera and Persian Folk Music with elements of Jazz and Blues

8:00pm

Music

Mixing Persian music with Jazz and Blues elements, Dadvar creates a world where different cultures are unified.

Babak Amini Quartet

8:00pm

Music

Enjoy the sounds of this highly talented and accomplished Iranian musician and guitarist!

Mainline (Persian - "Khoon Bazi") (2006)

8:30pm

Film

A story centering on the relationship between a mother and her heroin-addicted daughter.

LIAN Ensemble presents: World Music with elements of Jazz and Persian Sufi music

9:30pm

Music

Persian musical heritage melds with the contemporary sensibilities of postmodern jazz.

Talking with Naser Taghvai, (Goftogoo ba Naser taghvaei)

9:50pm

Film

A documentary on N?sser Taghv?í, directed by Aref Mohammadi.

Soul Nidus presents: Alternative Rock Music

11:00pm

Music

Unplugged and Electric Alternative Rock concert with Soul Nidus and guest musicians from Toronto.

Iranian Art Today

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Featuring Abbas Kiarostami, Aydin Aghdashloo, Gholamhossein Nami, Javad Mojabi, Mohammad Ehsaei, Nasser Ovissi, Majid Abbasi, Farshid Mesghali, Reza Basiri, and Morteza Momayez, Farideh Lashai, Khosrow Sinai, Bahram Dabiri, Khosrow Bayat, Sirak Melkonian and Mahmoud Javadipour.

Iranian Constitutional Revolution Photo Exhibition from Iranica Encyclopedia

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Visual Arts

Presenting a view of life in Iran 100 years ago!

ORFF Performance by Sophia Khalafi and her music group

12:30pm

Family

Music

Musical activities for young children and families!

Fireworks Wednesday (Persian – "Chaharshanbe-soori")

1:00pm

Film

During solstice celebrations, Rouhi finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife. By award-winning Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi.

Face Painting and Clown

1:00pm

Family

Interactive entertainment for children and families!

Arts and Crafts Activity Centres

1:00pm

Family

Interactive entertainment for children and families!

Music Workshop conducted by Mrs. Sophia Khalafi

1:30pm

Family

Musical activities for young children and families!

Mahshid Amirshahi

2:00pm

Literary Arts

The author of more than ten novels and collections of short stories reads from own books.

Traditional Epic Recital (Poetry): Recitation of Rostam and Sohrab from Book of Kings (Shahnameh)

2:30pm

Literary Arts

Inspired by traditional “Naghali”, recounting the story of “Rostam, the legendary warrior.

Barbad Ensemble presents: Traditional and Folklore Kurdish Music

2:30pm

Music

This Kurdish music from the western part of Iran, showcases the vibrant identity of the Kurdish community.

Storytelling by Shahrzad Koraim, Sahar Talebizadeh & Parisa Ghavami

2:30pm

Family

A storytelling workshop in both Farsi and English for children and families.

Dance/Djanbazian Dance Company

3:00pm

Dance

The award-winning Djanbazian Dance Company will present dances with diverse ethnic origins from cultures which share close ties with Iranian culture.

Arash (Dance) / Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam (Nakissa Art Company)

3:30pm

Dance

Uses poetry, music, and dance to tell the story of “Arash”, an ancient mythical figure in Iran.

Music Workshop conducted by Mrs. Sophia Khalafi

3:30pm

Family

Musical activities for young children and families!

Nakhoda Khorshid (1987)

4:00pm

Film

This loose adaptation of the Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not", gets relocated in the Persian Gulf.

Acting workshop with Pantea Panahiha

4:00pm

Theatre

Pantea Panahiha, a young award winning actor and stage manager holds an engaging acting workshop.

Storytelling: Zal and Roodabeh

4:00pm

A telling of the Shahnameh's "Zal and Rudabeh", one of the great stories of war, generational conflict, redemption, and above all, love.

Chakavak Ensemble presents: Persian Classical (Traditional) Music

4:30pm

Music

Performing Persian Classical with masterful solos, improvisations and arrangements.

Storytelling by Shahrzad Koraim, Sahar Talebizadeh & Parisa Ghavami

4:30pm

Family

A storytelling workshop in both Farsi and English for children and families.

Arash (Dance) / Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam (Nakissa Art Company)

5:00pm

Dance

Uses poetry, music, and dance to tell the story of “Arash”, an ancient mythical figure in Iran.

Music Workshop conducted by Mrs. Sophia Khalafi

5:30pm

Family

Musical activities for young children and families!

Festival Finale/(Iran Choir)

6:00pm

Music

Folklore melodies, arranged by conductor Kamal Taravati and his Choir ensemble.

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