History

  History:

In 1996-7, some of theatre students of art and architecture faculty of Azad University of Tehran were gathered to practice and perform “Mother Courage and Her Children”. That was the first serious theatrical activity of this group which had no name and people called it’s actors as “The Children of Mother Courage”. They practiced day and night, about six hours a day and they tried to form a theatre group. ( at first they practiced this play in a Small House Of Play in Azad University, and then in a small dusty yard in Taleghani St. which is famous as “Dust House”(Khaak Khaaneh).

Muhammad Reza Alimardani, Zahra Esmaili, Ali Soruar, Neda Maghsoodi, Younes Lotfi, Nasim Ahmadpour, Alireza Bagheri, Noushin Tabrizi, Arash Bozorgzadeh, Abbas Habibi, Iman Zoghi, Habib Shakoori, Hengameh Gholam Rezayi, Ashkan Ghaffar adli, Akbar Ghahremani, Aarezoo Muhammadnezhad, Afshin Ghadimi, Hamid Esmaili, and Ali Asghar Dashti were “The Children of Mother Courage”.

Some of these names stayed with Mother Courage until the end, and some others leaved during the work. Practices were ended, but repetitively reviewing of Iranian theatre managers and unsuccessfulness in Mother Courage’s performance effected very bad and deep effects. However, stayed member of the group started to work on “An Eagle with Two Heads” immediately, but it was stopped very soon at the practice process.

These stayed members performed two staged-street plays; “Hand & Leg Seller”, and “Love Conversation of Two Polices behind the Traffic Light” in two years of Fadjr International Theatre Festival and they also performed staged-street play “Broken Tent” in two years of International University Theatre Festival of Puppet Show.

During all these years, our band had at least a work which was ready to participate in Fadjr International Theatre Festival, but every year, they rejected those plays.

However, the theatre band had trip to Ghoodjan village and watched Taziye theatre, therefore it found a new point of view to Iranian theatre and some new members were also added to the group after the trip.

Adaptation of “The Faithful Woman” which was a tale from Elahi-Name Attar Nayshabouri, and changing it as a play in form of Taziye under the title of “Tale of Woman’s Play- Reading” (Naghle Shabih Khaani-ye- Zan) was the first professional experience of the “Khavid Theatre Band”. This play had successful performance in Iran Traditional- Ritual Theatre Festival and it also was warmly welcomed in public show in Sanglaj hall.

Holding acting and play-writing workshop by “The Children of Mother Courage” at Shaykh Haadi cultural house, was the preface to produce “Café, Interior, Night” (Shab, Daakheli, Kaafishop) play. Simultaneously with producing this play, practices on Taziye by starting “Play-Reading Session of Little Prince” (Majlese Shabih Khaani Shazdeh Kouchooloo) were continued. This play participated in Iran Traditional- Ritual Theatre Festival and then it was performed in New Hall of City Theatre complex. At last, the book of “Little Play” was published in Iran.

Six months after “Little Prince” performance, “Café, Interior, Night” was performed in the “Theatre House of theatre office.

“Café, Interior, Night” was performing and at the same time, practicing of “Don Quixote” was started. Name of group was changed to Don Quixote. "Don Quixote" play psrticipated in Art of Asia Festival in Spain after that it’s participation in Fadjr International Theatre Festival and public show in Ghashghai hall.

…… and then, practices and system of performance of “Pinocchio” (2006) play was caused to look from new window; the view which experiences its new steps and has long way to be stable.

 

TIMELINE OF DON QUIXOTE THEATRE GROUP

1996

Beginning of theatrical activity

1997-2001

Working on “Mother Courage and Her Children”

Written by “Bertolt Berecht”

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Art and Architecture Faculty of Islamic Azad University of Tehran

1997

Working on “The Man with a Flower in His Mouth”

Written by “Luigi Pirandello”

Directed “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Art and Architecture Faculty of Islamic Azad University of Tehran

1999

Working on “The Eagle Has Two Heads”

Written by “Jean Cocteau”

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Art and Architecture Faculty of Islamic Azad University of Tehran

 

 

 Working on “Maid to Marry”

Written by “Eugene Lonescoˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Art and Architecture Faculty of Islamic Azad University of Tehran

 

 

Working on “The Indifferent Loverˮ

Written by “Jean Cocteauˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Art and Architecture Faculty of Islamic Azad University of Tehran

 

 

Working on “Someone Arrives”

Written by “Sima Vasli Raadˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Art and Architecture Faculty of Islamic Azad University of Tehran

 

 

Performing  “Hand & Leg Seller” (a street  theatre)

Written and directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

Fadjr International Theatre Festival,Tehran

 

2000

Performing “Amorous Conversation of Two Policemen Behind the Traffic Light”

(a street theatre)

Written and directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

Fadjr International Theatre Festival,Tehran

 

 

Performing  “The Broken Tentˮ

(a street, puppet theater)

Written and directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

International Festival of Puppet Theatre,Tehran

International University Festival of Puppet Theatre,Tehran

 

 

 

Performing “The Fish”

Written and directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

Sharif University,Tehran

2001

Founding  “Khavid Theatre Groupˮ

 

 

Performing  “Zan”

Written and directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

11th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival, Tehran

Sangelaj Theatre Hall,Tehran

 

2003

Holding an acting/playwriting workshop for the group members

Sheykh Haadi Cultural House

 

 

Performing “Shabih-Khani of the Little Prince”

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival (2004),Tehran-Iran

New Theatre Hall-City Theatre Complex ,Tehran

 

2004

  Publishing “Shabih-Khani of the Little Prince”

Written by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

Namayesh Publication

 

 

Performing “Café-Shop/Interior/Night”

Written by “Mehdi Mir Mohamadiˮ,“Ali Asghar Dashti” and “Yunes Lotfiˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

International Iran Zamin Theatre Festival,Ahwaz-Iran

Theatre House ,Tehran

 

2005

Converting the name of the group to “Don Quixoteˮ

 

 

Performing  “Don Quixoteˮ

Written by “Ali Gholipour”

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

23th Fadjr international Theatre Festival(2004)

Ghashghaei Theatre Hall,City Theatre Complex,Tehran

Asian Arts Festival,Barselona,Madrid-Spain

 

2007

Performing “Pinocchio”

Dramaturg: “Nasim ahmadpourˮ

Directed by “Nasim Ahmadpourˮ and  “Ali Asghar Dashti”

26th Fadjr International Theatre Festival,Tehran

Ghashghaei Theatre Hall,City Theatre Complex,Tehran(2008)

Ruhr Theatre, Mulheim-Germany (2008)

 

2008

Composing  statute of the group  by its eight permanent members

 

 

 

Holding a workshop for Don Quixote members named “Let’s Tune our Bodies”

Led by “Parvin Hadi Niaˮ

Ghashghaei Theatre Hall,City Theatre Complex, Tehran

 

2009

Performing “Molla Nasreddin”

Dramaturg: “Nasim Ahmadpourˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

27th Fadjr International Theatre Festival,Tehran

Mowlavi Theatre Hall,Tehran

 

2011

Performing “Pinocchio 2”

Written and directed by “Nasim Ahmadpourˮ

Monoleev Festival ,Tehran

 

2012

Performing “A Repertoire of Don Quixote Works Unveiling Mohsen”

Idea and dramaturg: “Nasim Ahmadpourˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashti”

Chaharsoo Theatre Hall,City Theatre Complex, Tehran

 

 

Performing  “dal Khutai Namak”

Written and directed by “Ali Shamsˮ

Teatro Salauno,Rom- Italy

Teatro Tordinono,Rom-Italy 2013

 

 

Performing “Tell/Zahhakˮ (a cooperative project)

Written by “Brigitte Helbling” and  “Nasim ahmadpour”

Dramaturg: “Aydin Alinejad ”and “Nasim Ahmadpourˮ

Directed by “Niklaus Helbling” and “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

Altdorf-Switzerland (August-September 2012)

Zürcher Theater Spektakel,Zurich-Switzerland (September 2012)

31th Fadjr International Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran (January 2013)

Theater der Künste Zürich,Zurich-Switzerland (February 2013)

 

 

Performing “Monodialogue”

Written and directed by “Nasim Ahmadpourˮ

Monoleev Festival,Tehran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Awards of Don Quixote Theatre Group

2000

Best Play for “Broken Tentˮ

Written by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

International University Festival of Puppet Theatre,Tehran

 

2001

Best Direction for “Zanˮ

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

11th  Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival ,Tehran-Iran

 

 

2nd prize for directing “Shabih-Khani of the Little Prince”

Directed by “Ali Asghar Dashtiˮ

12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran

 

 

Best scenic design for “Shabih-Khani of the Little Princeˮ

Scenic designed by “Alireza Beyraghiˮ and “Ali Asghar Dashti”

 12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran

 

 

Best actor for  “Shabih-Khani of the Little Princeˮ

Played by “Massoud Hehazi Mehrˮ

12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran

 

 

Diploma of honor for poetry of “Shabih-Khani of the Little Princeˮ

Poetry: “Muhammad Motlagh”

12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran

 

 

Diploma of Honor for the teenage actor of “Shabih-Khani of the Little Princeˮ

Played by “Ali Aghighiˮ

12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran

 

 

Diploma of Honor for actor of “Shabih-Khani of the Little Princeˮ

Played by “Hassan Aghighi”

12th Ritual-Traditional Theatre Festival,Tehran-Iran

 

2005

selected as The Superior Theatre Group (Don Quixote) from  Association of

 Theatre Critics and Playwrights  of Iran.

 

2013

The best direction for “Tell/Zahhakˮ

Directed by  Niklaus Helbling and Ali Asghar Dashti

31th Fadjr International Theatre Festival, International competition section ,Tehran-Iran

 

 

Awarded for writing “Tellˮ part in “Tell/Zahhak”

Written by  Nasim Ahmadpour

31th Fadjr International Theatre Festival, International competition section ,Tehran-Iran

 

 

 

 

Awarded for acting in “Tell/Zahhakˮ

playedby Farbod Farhang

31th Fadjr International Theatre Festival, International competition section,Tehran-Iran