"sound, sound, only sound,
the sound of limpid wishes
of water flowing,
the sound of starlight falling
on the wall of earth's femininity
the sound when meaning begins
at the expansion of loves shared mind.
sound, sound, sound,
only sound remains..."

- Forugh Farrokhzad
Photo by Ziba Kazemi ©


"It Is Only Sound That Remains" is the story of Shahrzad Arshadi coming into contact with an exceptional woman, Ziba Kazemi, after her tragic death at the hands of Iranian authorities in the summer of 2003.

This Sound Theatre performance is an experimental and innovative project using the words, archival recordings and voice of Ziba Kazemi herself, in order to create a live, audio performance.

Sounds are playing softly in the space. After everyone is settled, the lights go out. The play begins. We hear a voice: it is Ziba, the woman that I admire, here with us. It’s an invocation of her spirit that exists beyond our visual realm. Sounds of archival conversations and audio footage of her life, music, her conversations with her four-year old son (Salman) Stephan while Ziba prepared dinner, teaching him to say certain phrases. Mixed with professional actors reading from the script, these private moments heard by the audience in the dark, allow each person listening to draw an image of this living, breathing woman and her life in their mind’s eye and come into the intimate sphere of a woman whose life became very public only after her death. A living document is created.