Based on the life and the work of the Iranian writer Forugh Farrokhzad,
this performance is a co-production between Outlaw Fields and Teatro
dell'Argine (Bologna, Italy).
Forugh writes her poems in the time during which Pahlavi's power is at
its peak. The decadence of false modernity and fear of any opposing view
is so intense that Iran is in absolute darkness. The forces of so called
modernity is operating on the one hand, and the fundamentalist forces are
on the other. In the midst is the Left, which is entangled within itself
and trying to find a way to propagate its agenda; it ends up sending
confused messages to the masses, who are desperate for fresh air to
breathe. The confused leadership leaves people disillusioned.
In this situation people were looking for poets who expressed themselves
rather than chanting slogans, looking for a new language to find a place
to feel their sense of dignity, which was crushed by the dictatorial
policies of the regime. The poet tackled the subject matters that were
impossible to talk about. Her courageous language directly expressed the
hidden desires of Iranian women; the emotions and feelings of women who
are neglected not only from their physical needs but also their civil human
Somniloquism has been performed in Bologna during the Autumn 2004.