News ID: 57680
Published: 0328 GMT December 17, 2014

Ritual theater a national asset

Ritual theater a national asset

Prominent Iranian actor Reza Kianian said that ritual theater is a great and precious tradition which should be preserved as a national asset.


Speaking at a specialized session on 'Naqqali, the Art of Narration' on Tuesday at Tehran City Theater, Kianian said, "When we call Naqqali a tradition, it means that we should look back and revive old things. If narration is separated from theater, the play will have no soul. So narration isn't just a part of a play, but with narration the art of stage becomes meaningful."

He said a museum should be set up to preserve old traditions, IRNA wrote.

"All arts are narrative and open new windows to us. Acting holds three pillars—the main one being narration while the others are playfulness and jugglery."

Kianian has played roles in many controversial Iranian films including 'The Red Ribbon' directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia, 'Killing Mad Dogs' by Bahram Beizai and 'A House Built on Water' by Bahman Farmanara.

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