Amir Reza Koohestani


28-30 APR 2017
Upper Stage
70 minutes
A minimal yet epic work on the Kafkaesque Iranian reality from an award-winning director and dramatist.
Full price: 7 - 12 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 10 €
Large groups (10+ people): 9 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 7 €

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Four women in a female dormitory in Tehran. A voice that shouldn’t have been heard. An interrogation. Fear, guilt and banished youth. Five years on from his dream-like Amid the clouds, the award-winning Iranian director and dramatist Amir Reza Koohestani returns to the OCC with a devastatingly pared-down work which explores the Kafkaesque reality of life in his homeland.

Hearing addresses freedom and its repression through the example of an Iranian ‘crime’: listening to a ‘forbidden’ male voice in a female hall of residence in Tehran.

The source and inspiration for the play is the 1989 documentary Homework by the outstanding Iranian film-maker, Abbas Kiarostami, which critiqued the Iranian educational system using interviews with terrified pupils from a Tehran primary school. Taking this film as a reference point, Koohestani presents something similar in Hearing: university as a court-martial, youth as a prison.

Freedom of speech is identified with freedom of existence in a mysterious, poetic production that unfolds in the shadows among silence and whispering. A key element is a helmet-mounted camera, a prop which alludes equally to a dystopian science fiction film and the repressive conditions current in Iran.


Text & Direction: Amir Reza Koohestani
Assistant Director: Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh
With: Mona Ahmadi, Ainaz Azarhoush, Elham Korda, Mahin Sadri
Video: Ali Shirkhodaei
Music: Ankido Darash and Kasraa Paashaaie
Sound: Ankido Darash
Light Design: Saba Kasmaei
Stage Design: Amir Reza Koohestani assisted by Golnaz Bashiri
Costumes & Props: Negar Nemati
Second Assistant: Mohammad Khaksari
Stage Manager: Mohammad Reza Najafi
Costumes Assistant: Negar Bagheri
Production: Mehr Theatre Group
Co-production: La Bâtie - Festival de Genève (Switzerland), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany), BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (Belgium)
Production Managers: Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh and Pierre Reis
Company & Tour Manager: Pierre Reis

Hearing was written during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (October 2014 - March 2015) in Stuttgart, Germany.

Saturday 29 April
After performance talk with Amir Reza Koohestani
Chaired by Katerina Oikonomakou, journalist

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