Conceptual Performance Artist
Conceptual Performance Artist
PROJECTS (up coming): # CORPS OUBLIÉS (Le sacre du printemps), SommerBlut festival, Cologne, Germany (13 May 2017) # 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 ////////////////// PROJECTS (past): # 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 is an Iranian choreographer and artistic director for ORIANTHEATRE Company based in Paris. He is graduated from Theater department of Soureh Fine Arts University, Tehran. He began as a theatre artist and dancer but now is considered as a conceptual performance artist. He divides his time between creating work for the stage and teaching his creative dance and performance language called MEDITATIVE DANCE. Mehdi’s artistic career covers many fields such as Dance, Video, Photography, Literature & poetry, theater and performance art. The Monk Performers is the title of Mehdi’s first book published in 2008. This book is the conclusion of his personal/practical experience on the stage. In 2008, in collaboration with Indian Bharatnatyam dancers, he won The Prize for the best choreography and creative music composition from 26th international theatre festival of Tehran. At the end of 2008, he achieved a grant from “Hooyong performing Arts Center” to create a performance in South Korea as a part of Artist in residency program. 2009 brought him another creation grant entitled Orient and Europe from Poland. In 2010, he was part of the jury for the international theater festival in Minsk, in Belarus. In the summer of 2011, he was awarded The Best Director Prize for his performance BECKETT at the international festival of Lomza, Poland. In 2013, he received another award called "The Best Performance Prize" for his show called “ETC, ETC.”from International Contemporary Theatre festival (PUF) in Pulà, Croatia. In 2015, he received the same prize for a new show called "YET UNTITLED". In 2013, he founded an international educational program in Paris called PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY in partnership with CITÉ DES ARTS DE PARIS & Centre de danse du Marais. Mehdi has been frequently performed and taught in Europe (Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Croatia, France) and in Asia (India, South Korea, Iran).
  • Biographie
    Mehdi FARAJPOUR est chorégraphe et 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 photographie, la littérature et la poésie. The Monk Performers est le titre de son livre publié en 2008. Il y propose, à travers son expérience de la scène, une méthode améliorant le degré de concentration des artistes. 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. 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 movement language where Dance, Theatre & Performance Art come together. The method is profoundly inspired by Persian Sufism and poetry and it is based on several principle concepts as below.


1) A general idea: In theater, actors are supposed to host a second person in their body which is called “Character”. Very often, the importance of that second person (character) is bolder than the first one (actor him/her self). In dance, dancers do not need to represent any secondary character. They even don not need to represent themselves. And my question is focused on this point : can we dance without a character? If so, how is it possible and how does a body without character look like? How it moves? This is my challenge in my workshops…emptiness…feeling it… and living in an empty body.

2) Meditation in motion: EMPTY BODY is a research on both body & mind states. I call it Meditation in motion. This concept is mainly focused on the power of imagination as well as the meditation. In EMPTY BODY method, body is considered as an object (or a tool) to be used and manupulated by a subject called Mind. So, the body becomes something to be carried, something/someone to be danced with.

3) I & ego: EMPTY BODY considers the Mind as a foundation and the body as a construction. It steps into a paths through Meditation. A journey that starts from I (ego) and ends at I (without ego).

4) Persian sufism: The method is inspired by Persian sufism and its belief on Transmogrification. Sufis believe in a universe inside each of each man that needs to be discovered. A first step is to become part of nature instead of imitating it. To perceive the life of trees behalf, on stones behalf, etc, etc.

After passing all through emotions and perceptions, come back to human (but leave your ego on the mid way). This means becoming nobody, nothing and Empty. In this method, physical exercises start from this point on.


Empty body is the most proper form of body for dancers as well as all physical performers. An empty body is the purest form of being for an actor which does not carry on any character, nor any characteristics. Simply because once that it is pure, it can represent any elements in the world. It can remain stood up as a tree for years, or stay still for ages like a stone, it can breath as the air and wave as the wind. To avoid any fake imagination from these words, one needs to pass through spiritual studies BUT by studying himself not the others. EMPTY BODY owes a lot Persian poetry, Meditation and Sufism.

Conclusion: Through the workshops, all participants would learn basic lessons of creating choreographies inspired by simple things like as everyday life routines.

Beside ll and on the way to find a new movement language, the method gives a try to different dance forms, bodily expressions, cyclic yoga & meditation in motion, body/mind researches, etc.

CHALLENGES (lessons)

– What is an external power source and how does it move our bodies?

– What is inner power source?

– Meditation in motion exist?

– Rhythm & tempo of silence.

– Translating a poem to movement.

– Balanced and unbalanced gestures.

– Transferring gravity while moving.

– Alienation / Body as an object.

– Living in absolute surrealism.

– My body or Me? Who is my body?

– Suspending from the sky.

– Hanging from the earth.

– Moving slowly or slow-motion movement?

– Dropping body or falling down?

– How to create a choreography using focus points.

– Drawing the space.

– Writing with body.

The method has been presented in the following cities and countries: Vienna (IMPULSTANZ festival), Poland (Opole, Tczew, Krakow), South Korea (Hooyong performing Art’s center, Nottle theatre company), Belarus (Minsk), Finland (Tampere, Helsinki), Turkey (Istanbul, Trabzon), Iran (Tehran), France (Paris, Besançon), Spain (Barcelona, Girona, Valencia), Germany (Hofheim), UK (Sheffield).



Address: Paris, France