Kingdom of Fire and Clay
Two young artists meet.
One's an Israeli, the other an Iranian. Sworn enemies, or possible best friends?
After performing two separate but highly successful shows at the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam, they decide to combine forces and make a show that dives into their pasts, their cultures and the source of their countries' enmity.
Kingdom of Fire and Clay combines classical Jewish and Iranian tales, as well as the personal stories of Raphael and Sahand.Words are mixed with music, friction with moments of intimacy.
Sahand Sahebdivani - Storytelling/Acting
Raphael Rodan - Storytelling/Acting
Anastasis Sarakatsanos - Music
Bas Kisjes - Music
Sahand Sahebdivani was born in Tehran in 1980 to a family of impoverished nobility, generals, opium smuggles and mystics. He escaped the Ayatollahs at the age of three when his family fled to Amsterdam. Like all good Iranian parents his own wanted him to become a doctor. He surprised his parents and probably saved the lives of future patients by becoming a storyteller instead. For the past decade he runs the most popular storytelling center of the Netherlands, hosting nights in Dutch and English. The Dutch storytelling society nominated him national storyteller of the year in 2012 and 2013. Since 2012 he's started taking his energetic style of storytelling to international stages, performing in the UK, Germany, Hungary and Turkey. Sahand runs a centre for storytelling and other arts in Amsterdam.