|Kheimeh shab-bazi performer Reza Khamseii dies||
Khamseii was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the Persian media announced.
His skill in performing kheimeh shab-bazi was a legacy from his father Morshed Ahmad Khamseii, who staged performances at the Shahrdari Café, which then was replaced with the City Theater Complex in 1967.
Kheimeh shab-bazi is a Persian traditional puppet show which is performed in a small chamber by a musical performer and a person called a morshed (mentor). The dialogue takes place between the morshed and the puppets. The methods used in staging the performance distinguish it from other types of puppetry.
Khamseii staged performances of kheimeh shab-bazi in many international events.
He also pursued a career in acting when he appeared in “Journey of the Grey Men” directed by Amirshahab Razavian in 2001.
Razavian also hired him for “Tehran 7:00 a.m.”, “Mina of the Silent City”, “Granny and Summer”, “When Mina Got Lost” and “Time Travel”.
Organizers of the 27th edition of the International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults, which opened in Isfahan yesterday, plan to commemorate Khamseii with screening “Time Travel”, in which he played the role of a performer of a kheimeh shab-bazi show.
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