Pegah Tabassinejad’s MFA Thesis Project

“Monitoring [A Doll’s House]”

Based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

October 19-20-21, 2012, @ 8pm at SFU Woodwards- Studio T

The difference between the life one leads outside, in public, and the life she leads inside, within interiors (i.e., those places where she can hide herself from the outside world and feel safe) has always been very striking to me. What was unsettling, however, was this nagging idea I had that a person’s identity could still be shaped within her private realm by certain external forces, by (let us call them) windows through which she observes the outside and through which she is also being observed (windows such as internet [skype, various social networks, etc.] and television).

If we see anything, it is mediated through these windows. What do we make then of a person’s identity? Are we all just cogs in some great machine, carefully observed and controlled from a distance, merely a small part in a homogeneous mass? Is anyone unique?

How a person constructs her identity is a question we are exploring via another question, which is how does an actor create her character. Do actors’ choices belong to them, or do they belong to their family, or perhaps other actors they have watched? To explore some of these questions I decided to adapt Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’, a play that happens entirely within interiors. This show is a window into ‘A Doll’s House.’

Monitoring [A Doll’s House] resides somewhere between theatre and visual art. The piece will run as a combination of three scheduled theatrical performances taking place on Oct. 19, 20 and 21 at 8PM, and then as a live installation/surveillance which takes place between the theatrical performances. The whole project is an ongoing durational piece, so that the audience can visit at any time from 8PM on Oct. 19th to 10PM on Oct. 21st.

Monitoring [A Doll’s House] is a performance, interactive and multi-channel video installation which explores identity, surveillance, technology, and privacy.

Monitoring [A Doll’s House]
Based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Concept and Direction: Pegah Tabassinejad
Project Counselor: Bojan Bodružić
Stage Manager: Cherry Song
Performers: Angela Ferreira, Aryo Khakpour, Victoria Lyons, Daniel O’Shea, Gina Readman, Natalie Schneck, Benjamin Stone

Dramaturgue: Steve Neufeld
Assistant Director: Nazli Akhtari

Set: Emily Neufeld
Sound: Nancy Tam
Multi-Media: Sammy Chien
Video: Nima Soofi, Bahar Nourizadeh and Bojan Bodružić
Lighting: Jonathan Kim
Costume: Pardis Tabassinejad

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