Nastaran Razawi Khorasani [Iran / the Netherlands]
"Songs for no one"

  • Theater
© Julian Maiwald
A hopeful song for the future emerges from telephone conversations with children in Iran.

Nastaran Razawi Khorasani is an artist based in Rotterdam. She is as a performance maker and performer and has presented work at the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, among other venues. In recognition of her remarkable practice, she won the Gouden Krekel award for the most impressive stage performance of the year at the Nederlands Theater Festival 2014, in 2020 she was nominated for the award for dance for young audiences at the Nederlandse Dansdagen and in 2023 she was nominated for the Gieskes-Strijbis Podium Prize.
Razawi Khorasani relocated to the Netherlands from Iran as a child refugee. Songs for no one, staged for the first time in Japan at this festival, is a performance born from phone conversations with children who live in the artist’s home country of Iran. Answering questions asked in Farsi, invisible children on the other side of the receiver talk about their favorite games and music, their school life and family, and other banal details about their life. The children imaginatively speak of their future, despite the constraints on their freedom imposed by the dictatorship. Razawi Khorasani responds with lyrics and music she has written herself. The performance is sure to become a source of empowerment for the future, rousing people’s imagination and sense of freedom.


Nastaran Razawi Khorasani
Nastaran Razawi Khorasani is a graduate of Maastricht Institute of Performative Arts. In 2014 she won the Gouden Krekel award for most impressive stage performance. In 2020 she was nominated for the award for dance for young audiences of the Nederlandse Dansdagen. Her show “Songs for no one” twice received the BNG Bank Theater award (in 2020 and 2021) and was selected for the 2022 Flemish TheaterFestival and Theater der Welt in Frankfurt-Offenbach. In 2023 she was nominated for the Gieskes-Strijbis Podium Prize.

©Julian Maiwald


March 2nd [Sat]/14:30
*Talk (after the performance)
March 3rd [Sun]/14:30
*Commons Forum #1 (Booking essential.)

Performance times

Approx. 60 min.


Goethe-Institut Tokyo
7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052


Adults | 3,500 yen
*No assigned seating.

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Farsi (with English and Japanese subtitles)


Concept, Direction and Performance | Nastaran Razawi Khorasani
Music | Jimi Zoet, Nastaran Razawi Khorasani
Dramaturgy | Tobias Kokkelmans
Stage Design and Video | Peter van Til (BrotherTill)
Coach | Suzan Boogaerdt
Costume Consultant | Rebekka Wörmann
Technology | André Goos (Denzo Theater Techniek), Andy Twilt
Production | Elise de Fooij, Nadine Dijkstra
Management | Cheryl Moenen, Wilma Kuite
Marketing | Dieke van der Spek, Leonie Poot
Photo | Mostafa Heravi
Graphic Design and Image Editing | Maartje de Groot
Stage Photography | Julian Maiwald
Translation Surtitles into Japanese | Emma Tsuji
Translation Surtitles into English | Terry Ezra

Venue Support | Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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