Revival of Ancient Nature Rituals

Salma Mohseni Ardehali

This lecture is about my practical research and experiences of running creative drama classes with children (aged 7 to 13) in the spring and summer of 2021. In Iran, we have a huge problem with water resources and have encountered serious drought. Meanwhile, two years of COVID lockdowns led to some classes being held outdoors – out in the heart of nature. I decided to work on adapting some Iranian rain-making rituals and ceremonies for these classes – I worked on some mythical stories about the god of water and rain and the demon of drought in ancient times. I have viewed this as a research project, recording and writing about all of these activities. Hosting creative drama class out in nature, reviving rain rituals, and narrating ancient stories / creative plays have all been great ways to talk and teach both directly and indirectly about the value of water and the ways we may preserve water resources.

  • Tehran, Iran, Asia
  • Programme Type: Seminar
  • Duration (minutes): 40
  • Ages: All Ages (Professional Content,Aimed Towards Adults)
  • Release Date: May 20, 2022
  • Language: English
  • Tags: environment, performance, puppetry, research, young people

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“Salma Mohseni Ardehali” is an Iranian puppet artist, puppet scholar, and lecturer. She studied Puppetry and Animation at university. She has been working as a puppeteer since 2001 and has been active in writing, translation, and research around puppetry and related interdisciplinary fields. She teaches the basics and history of puppetry and puppet making / manipulation at university and also teaches creative drama to children. As of Spring 2021, she is the president of the Cooperation Commission of UNIMA International.