Conceptual Performance Artist
Conceptual Performance Artist
RECENT WORKS: # Resident artist at H.P.A.C. (South Korea) # KA-F-KA, Dance days Chania, Greece (27 July 2017) # Workshop and lecture at Dance days Chania, Greece (26 July 2017) # Workshop and new creation at 5th International PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY (31 July to 26 August 2017) # work in progress: SOLO FOR ANTONIO IN 162 Hz # CORPS OUBLIÉS (Le sacre du printemps), SommerBlut festival, Cologne, Germany (13 May 2017) # Artist in residence at "RAMDAM, un centre d'art" (6 to 20 March 2017), Lyon, France # Workshop & a new creation called AFTER ALL at Hiroshima theatre of Barcelona (13 to 18 September 2016) # DO NOT ENTER in frame of a group exhibition called LES PASSAGERS at institut du Monde Arabe of Paris (1 October 2016) # YET UNTITLED at CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor's museum in frame of the Sound Art festival, Krakow, Poland (25 Nov 2016) # YET UNTITLED at Culture house, Opole Poland (27 November 2016 # Workshop EMPTY BODY at Culture house, Opole, Poland (22 & 23 November 2016) # DO NOT ENTER Culture house, Opole Poland (23 November 2016).


Artistic Director of ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company

Artistic Director of ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company



  • Biography
    Mehdi FARAJPOUR began as a theatre artist but now is considered as conceptual performance artist. His artistic career covers various fields such as dance, video, photography, poetry, theatre, Installation & performance art. He divides his time between creating shows and touring with ORIANTHEATRE DANCE COMPANY, teaching his movement method called EMPTY BODY all around the world (in particular at PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY) and touring with his solo performance and installations. The Monk Performers is the title of Mehdi’s book published in 2008 in Iran. The book consist of his theories about Presence & Concentration of a performer during a performance.. Mehdi is also the founder and main curator of PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY. The program aims at training a new generation of multi-disciplined dancers and performers under supervision of world-widely known artists. Examples of the venues & festivals where Mehdi work (shows/workshops) has been seen are : IMPULSTANZ festival (Vienna), INSTITUT DE MONDES ARABS (Paris), Istrian national theatre (Croatia), CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor’s museum in Krakow), Wroclaw National museum (POLAND), Sopot national gallery,… He is mainly active in Europe (Germany, England, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Croatia, Norway, Belorussia,…) and in Asia (India, Turkey, South Korea & Iran). Awards/Achievements: 2008 (The best choreography and creative music for Suddhalaiyadi from 26th international theatre festival, Tehran). 2008 & 2017 (Guest artist at Hooyong performing Arts Center of South Korea). 2009 (grant called Orient and Europe from Poland). 2010 (he was part of jury for Minsk international university theatre festival). 2011 (awarded The Best Director Prize for his performance BECKETT (I END) at the international theatre festival of Lomza, Poland). 2013 (The Best Performance Prize for “ETC, ETC.” from festival PUF, Croatia). 2015 & 2016, The same festival awarded him for two other shows called YET UNTITLED and for SUMMER COLLECTION BY M.F.
  • Biographie
    Mehdi FARAJPOUR est un chorégraphe iranien et le directeur artistique de la compagnie ORIANTHEATRE. Né en Iran, il est diplômé de la faculté des Beaux-arts de Téhéran, section Théâtre. Il réside depuis l’été 2009 en France. Après des débuts sur scène en tant que comédien et danseur, Mehdi FARAJPOUR est aujourd’hui considéré comme un artiste conceptuel. Il partage son temps entre la création d’œuvres chorégraphiques et théâtrales, pour la scène, et l’enseignement de sa méthode, la Danse méditative. La carrière artistique de Mehdi FARAJPOUR couvre plusieurs domaines tels que la danse, le théâtre, la vidéo, la poésie, la performance et l'installation. The Monk Performers est le titre de son livre publié en 2008 en Iran. Il y propose, à travers son expérience de la scène, une méthode améliorant le degré de concentration des interprètes. Le travail artistique et pedagogues de mehdi a été deja presents aux festivals et les lieux suivants: IMPULSTANZ festival (Vienna), INSTITUT DE MONDES ARABS (Paris), Istrian national theatre (Croatia), CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor’s museum in Krakow), Wroclaw National museum (POLAND), Sopot national gallery,… PRIX: En 2008, en collaboration avec des danseurs indiens de Bharatanatyam, il remporte le Prix de la meilleure chorégraphie et musique créative au 26ème festival international de théâtre de Téhéran. Puis, bénéficiant d’une bourse de la Corée du sud, il crée, au centre de Performing Arts de Hooyong, son spectacle phare qu’il intitule BECKETT. En 2009, il est choisi pour participer au programme « Orient et Europe » en Pologne. En 2010, il intervient en tant que membre du jury pour la France au festival international de Théâtre de Minsk, en Biélorussie. Au cours de l’été 2011, il reçoit le Prix de la meilleure mise en scène et de la libre interprétation pour sa présentation BECKETT au 24e festival international de Łomża en Pologne, puis, en 2013, le Prix de la meilleure performance pour sa présentation de ETC, ETC., inspirée de la vie d’Antonin Artaud, au 19e festival international du théâtre contemporain (PUF) en Croatie. Il a aussi reçu la meme prix du meme festivals en 2015 et 2916 pour ces deux autres spectacles intitulés SUMMER COLLECTION BY M.F & YET UNTITLED II. En 2013, il lance la première session de PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY qu’il a créée en partenariat avec la CITÉ DES ARTS DE PARIS et Centre de danse du Marais. Sous forme de cours intensifs, celle-ci vise à former une nouvelle génération de danseurs et de performeurs et se renouvelle chaque année autour d’un corps enseignant choisi. Mehdi FARAJPOUR est principalement intervenu en Europe (Allemagne, Grande-Bretagne, Finlande, Suède, Espagne, Pologne, Croatie) et en Asie (Inde, Corée du Sud, Iran).



A Meditative Dance Landscape



EMPTY BODY is a contemporary choreographic practice initiated by Mehdi FARAJPOUR, where Dance, Theatre, Performance & Poetry come together. The method is profoundly inspired by Persian poetry and is formed by Mehdi Farajpour (choreographer & performance artist). The main challenge for practicers of this method is how to reach  the state of Emptiness in the mind as well as in the body. The same goal as for Hindus: SAMADHI (समाधि), or for Dervishes: FANA (فقر و فنا)  & for Buddhists: Nirvana (निर्वाण).

Empty Body is based on several principles and concepts as below:



1) The general idea: In theater, actors are supposed to carry a new character on their body called the Role. In that case, the importance of this second character is much bolder than the actor’s own one. In dance, indeed, dancers do not need to represent any secondary character. Furthermore, they even do not need to carry on their own character.

2) Meditation in motion:  This concept is mainly focused on the power of imagination and the meditation. In this case, body is considered as an object or a tool to be manipulated by a subject called Mind. The body is something to be carried, something to be danced with.

3) I & ego: Empty Body considers the mind as a foundation and the body as a construction. It passes through Meditation: a journey from the I (ego) to the I (without ego).

4) Persian sufism: As mentioned earlier, EMPTY BODY is inspired by Persian sufism and the belief on Transmogrification. Sufi believes in becoming a part of nature and perceiving the life as a tree, as a stone, as the water but not imitating it. And after having experienced a wider perception, coming back to humanity but a human without EGO. In other words, becoming nobody (Emptiness). In this method, physical exercises start from this point on.

What exactly is the EMPTY BODY?

Empty body is the most proper form of body for dancers as well as for performers. An empty body is the purest form of being which does not carry any character nor any characteristics. So, an Empty body can easily represent any elements in the world. It can remain stood up as a tree for years, or stay motionless as a stone for ages, it can breath as the air and wave as the wind. To avoid any fake and naive image from the method, this all needs a deep understanding from spirituality, poetry, Meditation and Sufism. The workshop Meditative dance is trying to give a basic taste of all this to its audience.

Conclusion: Through the course participants would learn basic lessons of creating choreographies inspired by poetry, nature, imagination as well as everyday life. On the way of looking for an new dance style, the method gives a try to different dance forms, bodily expressions, cyclic yoga, body/mind research styles and of course the Poetry.


CHALLENGES (lessons)

– What is an external power source and how does it move our bodies?
– What is inner power source?
– Meditation in motion
– Rhythm & tempo of silence.
– Translating a poem into movement.
– Balanced and unbalanced positions.
– Transferring gravity.
– Alienation / Body as an object.
– Living in the absolute surrealism.
– My body or Me? Who/What is my body?
– Moving slowly or slow-motion movement?
– Dropping body or falling down?
– Creating choreographies by using focus points.
– Drawing the space.
– Writing with body.

The method has been presented in the following cities and countries: Vienna (IMPULSTANZ festival), Cologne (TANZFAKTUR), Greece (DANCE DAYS CHANIA), Poland (Opole, Tczew, Krakow), South Korea (H.P.A.C), Belarus (Minsk), Finland (Tampere, Helsinki), Turkey (Istanbul, Trabzon), Iran (Tehran), France (Paris, Besançon), Spain (Barcelona, Girona, Valencia), Germany (TANZPLAN), UK (Sheffield).



Address: Paris, France