Black Theatre Live


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Dance City, Temple Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne

Telephone: 0044(0) 191 269 5579
Contact: Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh
Email: [email protected]

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ZENDEH is led by Artistic Director Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh.

ZENDEH is a Farsi word meaning ALIVE. We value creative collaboration, sharing and the imagination.

ZENDEH is part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio of Organisations.

ZENDEH produces high quality cross art form productions with creative engagement programmes that are culturally eclectic, unforgettable and attract new audiences.

Our programme includes creative engagement residencies, site specific performances, workshops, artistic laboratories and online activity.


ZENDEH was founded by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh in 2004 and with support from the Scottish Arts Council launched public programme in 2005. In this year the company was awarded an Amnesty International Commendation. The company created partnerships and collaboration in Scotland and Iran, making new writing and new work. In 2007 the company moved to the North East of England. Building on the success of its time in Scotland developed its network and range of collaborators, commissioners and advisors with the support of Arts Council England.

The ZENDEH Philosophy

ZENDEH recognises that each artist is diverse. ZENDEH seeks artistic quality by engaging with ideas of origins, inherited cultural identity, experiences of trans-nationals and the need for a diaspora to belong as well as simultaneously to be a nomad. The freedom to explore these ideas are our human right, it is what guides us through the global and local socio-political tides of change, enabling ZENDEH to make great art for everyone.

ZENDEH also collaborates with a broad range of local, national and international creatives, artists and organisations.

ZENDEH Productions is registered in England and Wales Company Limited by Guarantee No: 06755982 

Registered Charity Number: 1150882