Amir Reza Koohestani
Performed by
Mona Ahmadi, Saeid Changizian, Leyli Rashidi et la participation filmée de Juliette Rezai


Focusing on the theme of collapse, Summerless takes audiences into the playground of an Iranian primary school in a poetic and political play directed by Amir Reza Koohestani.

Three people; a primary school supervisor, her ex-husband whose job it is to paint over the revolutionary slogans covering the walls of the schoolyard and a young socially isolated mother, who arrives an hour early every day to collect her child from school. Day after day for nine months, these different characters strike up conversations, until the day the artist gets into trouble over his paintings… A far cry from the naturalism of traditional Iranian theatre, Amir Reza Koohestani uses a metaphoric approach in his plays, which are both poetic and critical. In Summerless, the director addresses the prohibitions and inequalities that weigh heavily on his fellow citizens playing on the theme of collapse: the collapse of walls, of the education system and of desire… He examines the sociological and political transformations that are shaping history of his country.

Running time
1 : 10
Main auditorium
Next dates

from 9 to 40 €


SHOW IN PERSAN surtitled in french

Direction – Amir Reza Koohestani / Scenography – Shahryar Hatami / Creation and video control Davoud Sadri, Ali Shirkhodaei / Light creation – Xavier Lauwers / Sound – Ankido Darash / Costume designer – Shima Mirhamidi / Director’s assistants – Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh, Mohammad Khaksari

Production: Mehr Theatre Group
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts – Bruxelles (Belgique), Festival d’Avignon, Festival delle Colline Torinesi / Fondazione TPE – Turin (Italie), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (Suisse), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm – Frankfurt am Main (Allemagne), Théâtre national de Bretagne, Münchner Kammerspiele (Allemagne), La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse, Théâtre populaire romand –Centre neuchâtelois des arts vivants La Chaux-de-Fonds (Suisse)
With the support of Onda