Niloufar Basiri and Yaïr Barelli

Niloufar Basiri was born in 1985 and grew up in Esfahan, a city in central Iran. After working as an architect, she studied painting with a master of Persian miniature. She then decided to continue her studies in France, and was admitted to the Beaux-Arts de Clermont Ferrand in her second year, where she has just completed her Master's degree.
As an artist Niloufar is interested in cultural and linguistic identities and her current work increasingly addresses the potential and possibilities of languages.

Yair Barelli was born in Jerusalem in 1981. He currently lives and works in Paris. He graduated from the CDC in Toulouse as well as the Essais program of the CNDC in Angers, under the artistic direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. He’s been developing a multidisciplinary choreographic practice that explores the theatre’s materiality. He creates his performances in the interaction with the audience, introducing a unique experience on each occasion. His work is presented in theatres, art galleries and art centres such as Actoral (Marseille), Musée de la danse (Rennes), Next (Valenciennes), MC2 (Grenoble), Artdanthé (Vanves), La Galerie (Noisy-le-sec), FIAC (Paris), Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Bétonsalon and Villa Vassilieff (Paris).

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Niloufar Basiri en Yaïr Barelli - ZAMAN contre toi

ZAMAN contre toi uses a politically conflicting situation between two countries as a pretext for a rapprochement. One against the other, Niloufar and Yaïr reveal their meeting, their similar situation of disorientation in France, the criticism and the lack of their countries of origin. The popular songs, of which they are both critical and nostalgic, become a political, linguistic and performative playground, as they are interpreted back and forth between their native language and French.

During their residency at BUDA, Niloufar and Yaïr will rehearse in response to the first professional performances that have taken place a few weeks before.

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