Dorr-e Dari and The Poetry of Everyday Life

January 7, 2021
Sydney Festival
Words
Bite sized poetry for any moment


Anyone who’s spent more than a month on dating apps knows there’s simply got to be a better way... in this brave new COVID world, the chances of meeting that special someone out just won’t happen… which really leaves only one option: the thousand-year practice of courtly Persian love poetry.

Inspired by the tradition of private recitals and ‘curtain shows’ in Iran, Afghanistan and other Persian-speaking cultures, Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love is the refreshing new work by PYT Fairfield, which could very well help you find (or keep) love. The show’s performers Bibi, Jawad and Mahdi, offer a glimpse of the performance, through a reading of a poem by Hafez, an incredibly popular poet from the 13th Century – whose titles to this day have pride of place on the mantelpieces of Persian households.

Bibi Goul Mossavi, Jawad Yaqoubi and Mahdi Mohammadi have a uniquely Persian relationship with poetry, which is somewhat different from the often lofty perception of poetry in the West. Poetry is a way to communicate the everyday, something commonplace that is texted on a phone between friends and lovers. Poetry is accessible, modern and used as an everyday way to chat.


To heighten this notion of ‘poetry as everyday’ this animation, and the show itself, is accompanied by a text messaging service, where anyone can register to receive a poem in the form of a text message once a day during the week of the Sydney Festival show. The poems curated by PYT Fairfield, allow the receiver a first-hand glimpse into the experience of receiving text message poetry “on the go”. To receive a poem a day (seven in total), register here:

The animation Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love is read by PYT Fairfield’s Bibi Goul Mossavi, Jawad Yaqoubi and Mahdi Mohammadi, animated by Timothy Lee / Juune李 and David Lobb, with original music composed by multi-instrumentalist Lama Zakaria, and will be premiered on screens this summer both online and across the Sydney Festival precinct.

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