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A scene from The Last Supper, directed by Ahmad Soleimani

A scene from The Last Supper, directed by Ahmad Soleimani

Iranian participants of Japan’s 2012 Kijimuna Festa have dedicated their performance to late theater director and translator Hamid Samandarian. Stage director Ahmad Soleimani and members of Iran's Eede Theater Group who staged The Last Supper during the festival, dedicated their performance to the veteran Iranian artist who passed away earlier this month. Soleimani introduced Samandarian as the master of Iranian theater and asked the audience to applaud him instead of the troupe. Hamid Samandarian passed away on July 12, 2012 after a long battle with illness. He learned the basics of theater under the supervision of some of Germany’s greatest masters and trained many talented stage actors. The Iranian artist staged many memorable plays during his lifetime, including No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Marriage of Mr. Mississippi by Friedrich Durrenmatt. The production of Durrenmatt’s Old Lady’s Visit in Tehran about five years ago, was Samandarin’s last dramatic experience. Japan’s 2012 International Theater Festival for Young Audiences, Kijimuna Festa opened on July 28 and will run until August 5, presenting 56 plays from different countries including Canada, China, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain and Russia. Workshops of Asian traditional performing arts such as Noh, Kabuki, Kyogen, Kumiodori, Chinese opera, Pansori and Gamelan will also be held on the sidelines of the event. TE/TE
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