Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam

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Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam
شاهرخ مشکین‌قلم

April 21st, 1967

Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam (Persian: شاهرخ مشکین قلم ‎, Šârukh Muškîn Qalam) is an Iranian modern dancer who lives and works in Paris.[1] A graduate in history of art and theatre from the Paris 8 University, he is a choreographer, actor and director. He is also the founder and former artistic director of Nakissa Art Company. He is the first Iranian to be part of the prestigious Comédie-Française troupe.[1]


He was born In Iran but moved to Paris in his early teens.[2] His choreography style is usually based on Persian classical music that brings Persian myths, poetry, and dance together to create an atmosphere of magical quality.[citation needed]

He has danced in Seven Pavilions of Love, Sohrab and Gordafarid, and Khosrow and Shirin. In his Dance-Mythologic (a collection of Dances based on Persian mythology) piece, Shahrokh is a story teller translating the lines from thousands of years ago into movements familiar to today's audience all over the world. In Moshkin Ghalam’s view, movement is to convey a message; he does not believe in using movement for the sake of movement. His extensive training in world dances, along with his open-mindedness, allows him to take all that he feels necessary from other cultures, add to it, or sometimes re-invent it each time in a new context for a different purpose.[citation needed]

I came to realize the importance of my roots, my heritage, my being Iranian after I left Iran. It happened over the course of my six-year collaboration with Ariane Mnouchkine, who reminded us that every single one of us, who came from all over the world, had something to contribute to this magical world of theatre."[citation needed] "I turned to our myths, our legends, our great epic Shahnameh and tried to learn as much as I could.[citation needed]

Performed works[edit]

In 2002 the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden invited him to perform Seven Pavilion Ballet based on the works of great Persian poet Nezami.[citation needed] Dance Variations on Persian themes created in 2007 is his last work which is a collection of his best choreographies performed with Karine Gonzales[3] the major dancer of his company.[citation needed] His Omar Khayyam Ballet inspired by the quatrains of 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam has been performed in Paris, London, Stockholm, New York and Los Angeles. The Mythological Danses inspired by the three love stories (Khosrow and Shirin, Bahram and Dorsatti, Sohrab and Gordafarid) is also a very successful series of Persian dances which has been performed in Europe and North America several times.[citation needed]

Acting career[edit]

For six years, he appeared under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine with the Théâtre du Soleil and had major parts in plays such as Tartuffe, la Ville Parjure and Les Atrides.[citation needed] His theatre performances include Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with the Terrain Vague Company, Romeo and Juliette directed by Lionnel Briands, Dionysos, the Baccantes of Euripide directed by Usevio Lazaro, Soldier Tale of Strawinsky in theatre Athenée directed by Antoine Campo, A Streetcar Named Desire of Tennessee Williams directed by Phillip Adrian, and Bassa Selim in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail conducted by Marc Minkowski and directed by Jérôme Deschamps[citation needed] at the 2004 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

He has played and directed plays in Persian including:

  • Zohreh va Manouchehr by Iraj Mirza
  • Mardha va cheez from Makki
  • Kafane Siah a play inspired by Mirzadeh Eshghi the early 20th century Iranian poet.

2004 - 2011, he has been an official member of La Comédie Française, one of the most prestigious theatre companies in Europe and has taken part in plays including:

Personal life[edit]

He and his company Nakissa perform in various countries around the world and attend international festivals or events, such as the International Dance Festival in Boulder Colorado, Festival Meridas, Festival d'Asturias Festival de Chartres, Rotterdam, Rome, La haye, and the Tirgan festival[4] in Toronto.[citation needed] Shahrokh enjoys photography.[citation needed] In 2009 he signed an open letter of apology posted to along with 266 other Iranian academics, writers, artists, journalists about the Persecution of Bahá'ís.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nazarian, Angella (July 21, 2011). "The Art of Seduction: Through the Eyes of an Artist - Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam". Huffington Post Los Angeles. Huffington Post. Retrieved Aug 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Huggins, Julye (Dec 11, 2012). "Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam: Sohrab and Gordafarid". The Dance Current. Retrieved Aug 25, 2014.
  3. ^ " - is for sale (Karine Gonzalez)".
  4. ^ "Tirgan Iranian Festival - Persian Cultural Event in downtown Toronto - 2015".
  5. ^ "We are ashamed! (open letter)". Feb 4, 2009. Retrieved Aug 25, 2014.