Zol and Simorgh
Based on Shahnameh - Naqqali and Siah-bazi
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 5:00 pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts
Arash A. Farhadi has an M.A. from the Carleton University of Ottawa as well as an M.A. from the Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran. Arash is a Shahnameh-reciter, and an expert at Shahnameh and theatre in Iran. Arash learned acting and Naqqali (story-performing) under the mentorship of his mother Morshed Saghi Aghili and has worked as Naqqali’s tumar-writer, playwright, director, actor and Naqqal (story-performer) in many productions in Iran, Turkey, Italy, and Canada.
Farhadi’s notable accomplishments include: creating and teaching a workshop- titled “Present Like Hollywood” to increase engagement, writing and directing a Naqqali titled “300” in Iran and Italy, a response to the fictitious Hollywood film 300 (Zack Snyder) which (he felt) was an insult to the history; management of Naqqali Centre in Toronto; authoring “Techniques for Creating Engagement with the Audience in Theatre and Cinema”.
This Nowruz Festival, Arash performs as Mobarak, inspired by Iranian Traditional Comic Play (Takht-e Howzi/Siah-bazi).