Nastaran Razawi Khorasani has been selected for the ‘Nieuwe Makers’ arrangement from the Performing Arts Fund. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, she will create three new pieces for Maas Theatre and Dance, all of which are distinct physical performance theatre. In November 2017, Nastaran starts her triptych with Solo by Nas & Jim, and in June 2018, she will perform Uniform on Oerol. In February 2019, she concludes her triptych with Bye Bye Baby.
Bye Bye Baby
There comes a day that everything will be different. Where you used to be the oldest and wisest and things were clear as could be, things are suddenly difficult to understand. You knew that this was going to happen, but it’s not what you expected at all. Even the simplest things turn out to be complicated. How do you cope with this? And why did nobody warn you?
In the final class of primary school, Nastaran was the toughest girl of school and everyone wanted to be her friend. In the first class of secondary school, she transformed into a shy girl that didn’t dare to talk to anyone. Her new performance Bye Bye Baby is about the big transitions every person goes through in life. Like the frightening transition from elementary to secondary school.
In Bye Bye Baby, two people try to survive in a setting full of bizarre barriers and obstacles. A physical, humorous and petulant performance for the final classes of primary school, for first graders and for anyone who is going through a major change in life.
“Bye Bye Baby is a compelling drama about the first class of secondary school, in which many spectators will recognize themselves. Text is hardly used, but Bye Bye Baby (…) is an immersive performance. (…) fantastic.”★★★★ Volkskrant
“The loneliness in changes, the confusion, the desperation, and to still be able to come out of it, has rarely been brought alive in theater so tender and beautiful colorful as in Bye Bye Baby. (…) The changes of childish energy, radiant doll love, and wanting to grow up in your own way are moving. (…) You would want to put this performance in a small golden cage, keep it with you, and take a small look at it in the moments where you think: how should this in heaven’s name go on? (…) For girls of 13, blokes of 18, fresh daddies and mommies, new grannies and everyone else: let yourself be surprised and endeared.” Theater- en Musicalnieuws
“In this moving performance for visitors from ten years old and up, everything is contagiously and recognizably captured. The small hitches in Razawi Khorasani’s motions, which are an indication of the transformation from happy primary schooler to an angry pre-adolescent, the nervous hand flipping of Fokker, who is visibly suffering under the pressure of her own self-imposed urge to perform. And all is strengthened with an un-relentless, propelling beat. Like a metronome, a symbol of life which keeps advancing.” Theaterkrant
Concept: Nastaran Razawi Khorasani
Performers: Nina Fokker, Nastaran Razawi Khorasani
Light: Gé Wegman
Costumes: Nicky Nina de Jong
Dramaturgy: Tobias Kokkelmans
Direction assistant: Anna Schlooz
Coaching: Moniek Merkx
Image: Roosmarijn Knijnenburg
Nastaran Razawi Khorasani
Nastaran Razawi Khorasani studied at the Maastricht Drama Academy. For the past few years, she has played at the Ro Theatre in the performances of Alize Zandwijk. With theatre group Max., Nastaran played in Night and Echt waar (honestly), directed by Moniek Merkx. In 2013 and 2016, Nastaran played in CASH by Maas and won a Golden Cricket 2014 for her performance. In 2015, she starred in Rite of Spring and her solo Play it Back, both by Maas. In season 2016/2017, Nastaran played in the performance Love, and took part in the international exchange programme Residenties for makers. Together with Davy Pieters, Nastaran has her own performance collective called KOBE. With KOBE, they make performances for various scenes; from theatre to museums, clubs and festivals.
Location: small venue
Period: February – May 2019
Duration: 50 minutes (provisional)
Performance area: 8 m b x 8 m d x 4,5 m h
Do you ever feel childish? Would you rather play with your phone, than outside in the playground? Or would you rather have your head still in the clouds? In this workshop, it is all possible. We put our childhood behind us and celebrate imagination! We pretend fight with our imaginary friends, erase our childhood and create a splendid dance with our dreams for the future. Leave your stuffed animals at home and jump into prepubescence with us.
Topics triptych: identity / imagination / coming-of-age / puberty