The first production of Spring Love was sponsored by the Farhang Foundation, and it was performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in March of 2014 to establish a link between Persian culture and the culture of the host country.
Spring Love celebrates the dynamic tradition of Nowruz through the story of three generations experiencing love at first sight.
“While the story is fictional”, says Ziba, ” many of the details are based on my own childhood memories, and some are based on memories of my immigrant friends.”
Spring Love shares the story of Iranian migration, the pain of separation, and the joy of new experiences. It is the story of transformation; from what we were into what we have become.
Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians. The name comes from Avestan meaning “new day/daylight”. At Nowruz people join nature in making a fresh start, full of joy and hope for the coming year.
The Nowruz celebration stretches over a period of thirteen days. Ceremonies are brought to an appropriate end by spending the thirteenth day in the open country. By going out into the open country one welcomes the spring and leaves all the bad luck associated with the number thirteen on the lap of the nature where it can do no harm.
On the return from the countryside the Nowruz holidays comes to a close and there is almost a year to prepare for the next.