An Afghan mime artist is taking his talent to schools in order to help educate children about the importance of performing arts. Kaveh Ayreek’s regular visits are met with such enthusiasm that some children aspire to be mime artists themselves.
Here in Kabul, there is an emerging group of talented Afghan artists with stories to be told and voices to be heard. Meet Kaveh Ayreek, a unique performer who has found his voice through the art of mime.
“When I was a child I lived in Afghanistan. My mother and sister passed away, so my father took my brother and I to live in Iran.
When I returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, everything had changed because of war. Everything was destroyed and there was nothing.
The new generation are enlightened and clever. They do not have war on their minds, just love and friendship. They are good to each other,” said Kayveh Ayreek.
Kaveh visits schools, passing on his performing skills to young Afghans countrywide. Today he is paying a visit to this school in central Kabul.
He said, “Today I want to teach these children about mime. What mime is and how they can express themselves using it.”
“The children here are amazing, they are very talented. They were able to do some of the more complex things because they are so talented.
Performing must start from a young age. The more they practice when they are young the faster they learn,” Kayveh Ayreek said.
Mohammad Haidari, Headmaster of a school said, “Sometimes it can be very difficult when you only use books to teach children. If we can incorporate role play into our lesson plans, then the students understand much better.”
“I really liked the miming, where I did not have to talk. I was totally in control, there was no confusion or messing around, I liked it a lot,” said a boy student.
Another girl student said, “I want to learn more. One day in the future I would like to be a mime artist myself.”
Kayveh said, “Children have clear minds, they can easily learn things. They are excited about learning things which are more positive for their future.”
Although mime is probably not the answer to all of Afghanistan’s problems, at least it’s making many children smile.
This is a NATOChannel story Jack Somerville