DBLSPK: Aryo Khakpour
April 8, 7:30pm
@TheFishbowl, 100-1398 Cartwright Street
Presented by Boca del Lupo with rice & beans theatre
DBLSPK is a quarterly reading series in which we present and discuss works in translation. We talk about what changes linguistically, culturally, and performatively.
Join us on April 8 for a reading of and lively discussion on the translation and adaptation work of:
Suddenly, This God Lover Died in the Love of God, This God Slain Died by the Sword of Godby Aryo Khakpour
Readings are in Farsi and English. Performed by: Aryo Khakpour, Elika Mojtabaei, and Arash Khakpour.
This project is inspired by Suddenly, This God Lover Died in the Love of God, This God Slain Died by the Sword of God, a prominent Iranian play written by Abbas Nalbandian in 1971. It has only been performed once due to its challenging form and spirit. The play is about a group of people living in a poor part of Tehran in a communal house. A new tenant who seems to have a chest full of money arrives and becomes the object of the neighbours’ curiosity, envy, and hatred.
This work was recently presented as a work in progress in Push 2019 by the The Biting School with Translation Dramaturgy provided by DD Kugler, and Editing provided by Elika Mojtabaei.
More About Aryo Khakpour:
Aryo Khakpour is a Vancouver based multidisciplinary performer, theatre director and dramaturg. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University, where Penelope Stella, DD Kugler and Steven Hill mentored him. Aryo has been involved in multiple theatre, dance, and film productions in Vancouver.
His most recent performances and collaborations were with Justine Chambers’ Family Dinner (Canada Dance Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival), battery opera’s M/Hotel and Terroir Tours, and Theatre Conspiracy’s Foreign Radical (Canada Hub at Festival Fringe in Edinburgh).Aryo cofounded The Biting School, which has been presented at Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance Days Victoria, rEvolver Festival, Dance in Vancouver, VIDF and PuSh International Festival. The Biting School is the company-in-residence at PuSh Festival and The Dance Centre. Aryo is interested in the dynamics of power, implications of ideologies, repetition of mythologies, and cultural adaptation. Aryo most recently directed Disagreeable Tales 2.0 (based on a compilation of Christian moral tales), and codirected Suddenly Slaughter (based on an Iranian play in dialogue with Iranian passion plays).
Photo credit: Angel Lynne