Conceptual Performance Artist
Conceptual Performance Artist
Dec 2021 - Feb 2022: Resident artist at ACC theatre (Gwangju, South Korea) # 2021-22 Guest choreographer for DIN A 13 tanz company (Cologne, Germany) # 7 October 2022 performing SOUNDGRAPHY at PUF (Pula, Croatia) # 27,28 & 29 October 2022 performing KA-F-KA at Teatro Libero (Palermo, Italy) # July 2022 performing KA-F-KA at Full Moon Dance festival (Finland) # 1 October 2021 performing KA-F-KA at Monodrama Festival (Cheb, Czech republic) # August 2021 performing KA-F-KA at Horizont Festival, Hungary # 23 & 27 August 2021 Workshop and Performance Lab at PSA #11 October 2019 performing KA-F-KA at Teatro Santa Isabel (Recife, Brazil) # 9 October 2019 performing KA-F-KA at Festival de dance de Londrina (Brazil) # 7 & 8 October teaching EMPTY BODY at Festival de dance de Londrina (Brazil) # 21 September 2019 performing SOUNDGRAPHY at Musée Calbet (Occitanie, France) # 22 & 23 August 2019 teaching EMPTY BODY workshops at PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY # 4, 5 & 6 September 2019 KA-F-KA on tour (Limassol & Nicosia, Cyprus) # June-July 2019 new creation: META, a dance installation on Steve REICH's music for 18 musicians (PUF festival, Croatia) # 7 to 13 July 2019 teaching EMPTY BODY workshops at NOTAFE (Estonia) # 18 May 2019: CARTE BLANCHE from Calbet Museum for La nuit des musées (France) # 19 April 2019: KA-F-KA at Triumph Philharmonia (In frame of MOHOfest of Perm, Russia) # 26 April 2019: KA-F-KA at International Contemporary Choreography Festival (Omsk, Russia) # Jan 2019: Resident artist in Théâtre de l'Oulle (Avignon, France) # 16 Jan 2019 SOUNDGRAPHY at Théâtre de l'Oulle (Avignon, France) # Video projection: DARK SIDE at Festival International de Vidéo Poésie (20 Nov 2018), Buenos Aires, Argentina # New performance entitled NO MORE BIRDS ON MY SIDE! at H.P.A.C. of South Korea (September-October 2018) # KA-F-KA at OPERA PRIMA Festival (16 September 2018) Rovigo, Italy # KA-F-KA at FIAT Festival (10 September 2018) Podgorica, Montenegro # KA-F-KA at CornerTeateret (7 September 2018) Bergen, Norway # STOP SPOT II at Dance days Chania festival (19 July 2018) Greece # EMPTY BODY workshops at Dance Days Chania festival, Greece (20,21,22 July 2018) # President of jury for PUF International Theatre Festival (Croatia) # New Performance project: SoundGraphy at Birmingham Dance Network (May-June 2018) # KA-F-KA at TESZT Festival (23 May 2018) Romania # Resident artist at H.P.A.C. of South Korea (September 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 # 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, Theatre, Photography, Poetry, Video art, Installation & Performance art. He divides his time between creating shows and touring with ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company and teaching his movement workshops called EMPTY BODY. The Monk Performers is the title of Mehdi’s book published in 2008 in Tehran. The book consist of his theories about Presence & Concentration of a performer on stage. Mehdi is also founder and the main curator of PARIS SUMMER ACADEMY which is a program in partnership with the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris and Micadanses. Examples of the venues & festivals where Mehdi work (shows/workshops) has been seen are : IMPULSTANZ Festival (Vienna, Austria), PUF Festival (Pula, Croatia), INSTITUT DE MONDES ARABS (Paris), SOLO Festival (Moscow, Russia), OPERA-PRIMA Festival (Rovigo, Italy), Istrian National Theatre (Croatia), SOMMERBLUT festival (Cologne, Germany), CRICOTEKA (Tadeusz Kantor’s Museum in Krakow, Poland), BDN (Birmingham, UK), Wroclaw National Museum (Poland), FIAT Festival (Montenegro), Londrina Dance Festival (Brasil), Kypria Festival (Limassol & Nicosia, Cyprus), Teatro Santa Isabel (Recife, Brasil),… Mehdi is also holding several international awards for his performances created for ORIANTHEATRE Dance Company.
  • Biographie
    Mehdi FARAJPOUR est chorégraphe et directeur artistique de la compagnie ORIANTHEATRE. Après des débuts sur scène en tant que comédien et danseur à Téhéran, Mehdi Farajpour est aujourd’hui considéré comme un artiste conceptuel. Sa carrière artistique couvre plusieurs domaines tels que la danse, le théâtre, la vidéo, la poésie, la performance et l'installation. Il partage son temps entre la création d’œuvres chorégraphiques pour sa compagnie et l’enseignement de sa méthode, EMPTY BODY. The MONK PERFORMERS est le titre de son livre publié en 2008 en Iran. Il y propose, à travers son expérience scénique, une méthode améliorant le degré de concentration des interprètes sur scène. Le travail artistique et/ou pédagogues de Mehdi a été déjà présenté aux festivals et lieux suivants: Festival IMPULSTANZ (Vienne), Festival OPERA-PRIMA (Italie), INSTITUT DE MONDES ARABS (Paris), Festival SOLO (Moscou, Russie), Festival TESZT (Roumanie), Festival PUF & Istrian National Theatre (Croatie), Festival de dansa de Londrina (Brésil), CRICOTEKA (musée de Tadeusz Kantor à Cracovie), BDN & BIDF (Birmingham, GB), Recife Dance Festival (Brésil), SOMMERBLUT festival (Cologne, Allemagne), MONOfest (Perm, Russie), Musée national d'art de Wroclaw (Pologne), Festival FIAT (Monténégro), Festival de danse de Omsk (Russie),…



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.



– External power and the way it moves our body.
– Inner power and the way it moves our body.
– Meditation in motion.
– Rhythm & tempo of silence.
– Translating poetry into movement.
– Unbalanced stability.
– Gravity transfer.
– Alienation (Body is an object to live with).
– Living in the absolute surrealism.
– Animating a picture.
– Moving slowly or slow-motion?
– Falling or dropping?
– Creative choreographical games.
– Drawing the space.
– Writing with body.
– Random choreography.

The method has been presented in the following cities and countries: Vienna (IMPULSTANZ festival), Cologne (TANZFAKTUR), Greece (DANCE DAYS CHANIA), Brazil (Londrina Dance Festival), 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).



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