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Female Voice of Iran - ein Festival der Zeitgenössischen Oper Berlin

Thursday, 8. November 2018 bis Sunday, 11. November 2018
Villa Elisabeth
<p>We are glad to welcome the festival Female Voice of Iran, after the sensational succes in 2017, at our place Villa Elisabeth again.</p>

Iran is a multi-ethnic country with an ancient, diverse history.In every part of this vast country, people of diverse ethnic backgrounds have their own unique musical culture in which women’s voices have always played an important role. After the successful first festival in 2017, the Iranian ethnomusicologist Yalda Yazdani and Andreas Rochholl from the Contemporary Opera Berlin again visited singers in the border regions of Iran in July 2018, documented their lives and invited them to Berlin. For „Female Voice of Iran – Sounding Borders“, nine female singers of the younger generation from different ethnic groups and regions of Iran have been invited.
For the festival all invited singers and musicians will in addition to their solo performances team up with musicians and artists of the international contemporary music/art scene of Berlin.
Besides the concerts there will be lectures, film portraits and panel discussions which will give a unique insight into the abundant and active production of contemporary female Iranian music.

Tickets for concerts: 20/15 €,  Matinee on Sunday: 15/10 €
Reservations for the concerts – please only via this E-Mail: ticketatzeitgenoessische-oper.de
Panel and Workshop: 5 € (no reservation necessary)
Our temporary box office at Villa Elisabeth will be open from 5pm. On the spot, only cash payment is possible.
(Reduced tickets are only valid if accompanied by proof, which we ask you to bring along.)

Program 2018
Thursday, 08.11.2018
19:00    Opening Concert with Maedeh Tabatabaei Niya (Isfahan, classical Iranian music), Sahar Zibaei (Kermanshah, Kurdish folk music), Aida Nosrat (Paris/Tehran, Jazzmusic)
Friday, 09.11.2018
16:00    Workshop “The female voice” Traditional, Iranian voice technics with singers of the festival, moderation by Cymin Samawatie and Golnar Shahyar
19:00    Concert with Samin Ghorbani (Tehran, Azeri folk music), Jamileh Amaniyan (Gonbad-e Qabus, Turkmenian folk music), Faravaz Farvardin (Tehran, Jazz/Fusion music)
Saturday, 10.11.2018
16:00    Female musicians from Iran and their lives
Film portraits and panel discussion.
The videos about the singers of this festival and their daily life have been filmed in July 2018 in Iran.
Moderation: Yalda Yazdani and Andreas Rochholl

This panel is organized in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office     

19:00    Concert with Maliheh MoradiHaghighi (Tehran, classical Iranian music), Atefeh Moghimi (Amol – Caspian Sea, Mazandarani folk music), Mina Deris (Tehran / Abadan, Arabic-Iranian folk-fusion music)
Sunday, 11.11.2018
11:00    Matinee – ‚Female Voices a Cappella‘
Concert with all the female voices of the festival
16:00    “Female Voice of Iran” – The role of women in music in Post-Revolutionary Iran – Introduction lecture by Yalda Yazdani, ethnomusicologist (in English)
19:00    Female Voice of Iran Ensemble
Concert under the artistic direction of Cymin Samawatie with all musicians and artists of the festival.

The Singers 2018:
Jamileh Amaniyan / Mina Deris / Faravaz Farvardin / Samin Ghorbani / Atefeh Moghimi / Maliheh Moradi / Aida Nosrat / Maedeh Tabatabaei Niya / Sahar Zibaei.

Videos: https://vimeo.com/user63084045

The Festival Team 2018
Curator: Yalda Yazdani
Artistic board: Cymin Samawatie (music director), Golnar Shahyar (coach), Mahan Mirarab (music director)
Artistic director, Producer and Filmmaker: Andreas Rochholl
Artists in the Female Voice of Iran-Ensemble from Berlin: Elmira Bahrami (actress), Yuliya Boyd (photographer, filmmaker), Raman Djafari ( animation artist), Carlos Libedinsky (Bandoneón), Ralf Schwarz (Double bass), Ravi Srinivasan (Percussion), James Wylie (Saxophon)
Sound Director: Daniel Weingarten
Production Management: Daria Rochholl
Translator: Golnar Tabibzadeh
Subtitles Video: Farifteh Tavakoli-Borazjani
Stage Management: Alessandro Lanzillotti
Set Photographer: Yuliya Boyd
Production Team, Artist- and Stagesupport: Pablo Burbano Cifuentes, Milena Gehrt, Alejandra Ossa Jimenez, Joana Kern, Mohammed Mayas, Miriam Taha, Esther Klobe Weihmann

Female voice of Iran is a project created by Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and in cooperation with the Kultur Büro Elisabeth.


Fotocredit: Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin