“Rebirth” is a combined art performance based on poem by the distinguished Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. The internationally recognised contemporary ballet dancer, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and the prodigious Australian-Iranian soprano singer Shirin Majd with her ensemble “Sweet Sound” will be complimented by visual art to bring to life Farokhzad’s poems. Jordin Steele will narrate songs for the non-persian speaker.
The Rebirth project stems from the lives of Middle Eastern women, their aspirations, problems, restrictions and freedoms. It explores these topics through music, dance and visual arts based on Persian Literature written in both Farsi and English. I, Shirin Majd, am the creator of this project.
Rebirth is based on the poems of the distinguished Iranian female poet, Forough Farrokhzad. Farrokhzad’s poems express different aspects of Iranian female emotions and the notion of dreams. These have been challenging feelings throughout my life and the lives of many Iranian women.
Farrokhzad’s poems will be used to form the common thread between each of the Rebirth performance elements. Specific sections of her poems will be isolated and chosen as the focus of each song. The atmosphere will be enhanced by visual arts and dance to emphasise the meaning of these poems. To achieve this, a team of professionals have been engaged to produce Rebirth. Our team consists of both Australian and Iranian experts, who have been collaborating in order to bring this innovative project together.
This project explores innovation and cultural diversity through the unprecedented combination of contemporary music, Persian literature (in both Farsi and English), classical singing and contemporary ballet dance along with visual arts to bridge the gap between the East and West.
This project comes from my heart and I hope it touches the heart of my audiences as well.