Bibi Kasrai: Scarlet Stone

Daughter brings legendary father's poetry to the stage

Scarlet Stone is a new multidisciplinary and collaborative music/dance/animation work by Shahrokh Yadegari, in collaboration with Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam, featuring performances by Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam, Afshin Mofid, Ida Saki, Mariam Peretz, and Gordafarid. Scarlet Stone is based on the last work of Siavash Kasrai, Moher-ye Sorkh (Scarlet Stone) >>>


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Darius Kadivar

Baleh Azizam Fetchez La Vache ...

by Darius Kadivar on

I can appreciate a work of art yet not adhere to the subtle ideological subtext of the Jomhurykhah Propaganda being fed to us for the past 32 years by ex rebels now turned secular ...

It's called Critical Thinking

Fetchez La Vache

It may fit you to think we were such an 'oppressed' nation living under a 'Pinochet like' South American dictatorship or some other Banana Republic when we lived in Iran under the Shah but sorry to disappoint you ...

Ezatollah Entezami Bold Tribute To Shah’s Brother In Law Mehrdad Pahlbod on IRI TV

Zubin Mehta Fondly Recalls Shah of Iran's Invitation to India's Parsi Community

With all their imperfections I still prefer a Reformable Stammering Royal BIG BROTHER defending the Arts :

Colin Firth Presents Bahman Ghobadi's powerful film

Or BIG SISTER doing the same:

Shahbanou Farah Speaks about Kanoon Institute's Legacy (VOA)

To a Suave Speaking Jomhurykhah with Glossy hair defending my Human Rights on Capitol Hill in an attempt to maintain the neutral status quo to safeguard his Republic which despite ALL it's Crimes he still considers as Legitimate:

Siamak Dehghanpour talks with Trita Parsi on IRI's Nuclear Talks and Human Rights violations

Despite the fact that he himself lived most of his life under a Monarchy:

Persian Carpet Gift to Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Husband

ROYAL FORUM: Iran-born Hanif Bali elected to Swedish Parliament

Yet Claiming not to understand the concept we Constitutionalists are defending:

ROYAL FORUM: Explaining the Concept of a Constitutional Monarchy to a Staunch Republican

And continue demanding from my likeminds an accountability for which personally I have never shied away:

Shahrnush Parsipur: "I was Never Physically Tortured by the SAVAK"

Maybe it's time to stop the 'Poshteh Pardeh' accusations and come out clean too from time to time instead of accusing us of 'Treacherous Alliances' with some of your own Republic's Offsprings now Turned Enemies ...

TREASON IS A MATTER OF DATES: Constitutionalist Response to a Jomhurykhah Query

But then I guess we all have our Loyalties after all don't we ? ...

PRIMARY COLORS: Reza Pahlavi and Trita Parsi Take a Stroll Down The Political Lane ;0)


Lastly a 'Poet' like you say is also a Citizen and is accountable to his or her audience to explain their choices when critically challenged for defending a given ideological or artistic stance. We are not forced to sit and admire in awe merely because a lot of money, talent and energy have been put in it's production.

N'en Déplaise à Abbas Milani until further notice we don't live in the Republic of China:

China Baffled by Support for Imprisoned Activist Ai Weiwei

Well at least Not yet ...

Monty Python Communist Quiz sketch

But then I guess 'Political Correctness' has never been my strong suite

MY ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE: Flagging Abuse based on Political Correctness is Not Fair



Related Blogs:

MON CINEMA:Dariush Mehrjui discusses "THE COW"

MON CINEMA:Mohsen Makhmalbaf's "Boykot" aka "Boycott" (1985)

MON CINEMA:Khosro Sinai's "VIVA !" (1979)

Jahanshah Javid

Royal Big Father

by Jahanshah Javid on

Funny how some have no problem pointing to the evil Soviet BIG BROTHER but are completely blind to their own country's Royal BIG FATHER who saw poets as a threat to his throne. How fair and balanced we are... quick to fault others, but not our own leaders, our own ideology, our own actions.

Blame it on the poet!


چقدر جامع و زیبا


تفسیر بسیار زیبایی‌ از حماسه دلنشین مهره سرخ و همچنین کار بسیار با ارزش تئأتری، توسط گروه بسیار هنرمند ایرانی.

بی‌بی جان، قبلا گفتم و باز هم تکرار می‌کنم، شما فرزند لایق شاعر و حماسه سرای عزیزمون، سیاوش کسرائی هستید.

تاریخ ایران به  هنرمندان متعهدی همچون سیاوش و خود شما، افتخار می‌کند.

از شما و تمام هنرمندانی که این حماسه با شکوه را به نحو احسن به صحنه بردند، متشکرم.

Darius Kadivar

Besides Switching Sexes to make Your point ain't New in Theater

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It's as Old a subterfuge as the Artform itself ...

CASTING A KING: Shakespeare's Play On The British Monarchy (On King Richard II, To which Abbas Milani Loves to refer to in his Book on the Shah)

But At least British Women unlike Iranian Women didn't get their Priorties Wrong by entusiastically putting Chadors on their heads and Shouting "Marg Bar Shah" and wholeheartedly joining the Cause of their "Devolution" ...

SATIRE: The Burqa Republic of Our IRANICAN Dreams ;0)

Only to come back two months later and complain that their "Devolution" Was 'Highjacked' ...

Iranian Women in 1979 Protest Against Islamic Law


Related Blogs:

WOMEN GET TO VOTE: Female Crowd Gratefully Gather At Shah's Palace (1963)

pictory: Female Ministers in Pahlavi Era (1970's)

pictory: Promotional Film on Women during Pahlavi Era (1970's)

Darius Kadivar

Wonder if her communist father ever saw this Tajik Film ?

by Darius Kadivar on

Censored and banned in the USSR (due to their cultural cleansing imposed in Non Russian dominated Soviet Republics) by that Soviet BIG BROTHER So blindly admired by her father and other Left wing like minds yet Honored at the Tehran International Film Fesitval during the Shah's time ...

Tajik director Boris Kimyagarov's 1971 Epic tribute to Persian Poet's Patriotic Ode:


If Iran ever had a true Enemy it was and probably still is the Schizophrenic Enemy Within ...

Rostam: The DARK AGES

Which encourages Iranians at large particularly it's 'Eminent' 'Intellectuals' to live in Self Denial of what we are as a nation ...

Constitutionalist's Critics of Shamlou's deemed 'Insults' towards Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

Ebrahim Golestan: "The Shah's Coronation Made Me Wanna Vomit" (BBC)

That is Essentially a Land of Kings:

Words For Eternity ...

Nevertheless Good luck with your Spectacle, I am sure it is worth watching, thought provocative and interesting in it's own right ... Oops Sorry I meant 'Left' ... ;0)

Jokes aside look forward to seeing it performed in Europe and France in Particular knowing the Top Professionalism of at least one of the members of your talented cast:

A Night at La Comédie Française with Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam by Darius KADIVAR

Maurice Bejart & Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam to be honoured at The 2nd Persian Golden Lionness Awards In Budapest Hungary by Darius KADIVAR



Film and Arts Critic


PS: Would like to know what answer Homa Sarshar and others trying to rewrite Iran's history to fit their 'Jomhurykhah' Reading of our Contemporary and century old struggle for democracy have to say about the Sons Who Killed the Fathers AND Mothers of Iranzamin ? ...

THREE DECADES EARLIER: A Mother At Evin Doors (1980)

JAVIDAN: Shah's Imperial Guard dies during an attack by Khomeini guerillas (1979)

A Women for All Seasons: Farokhroo Pārsā (1922-1980)

Not to Say It's Children's Children:

SARBAZ: Fereidoun Farrokhzad helps child soldiers of Iran Iraq War

video purportedly shows violence, previously denied by Iran, at Tehran University after 2009's disputed election (CNN, Reza Sayyah Reports)