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Eva Reiter/Jorge León (BE)


22. sep. 2018

Ultimafestivalen 2018

Store scene 22.09.2018 15:00

Store scene 22.09.2018 19:00

Mitra is a hybrid project situated somewhere between musical theatre, documentary cinema and installation. In the course of 70 minutes and on two screens, it presents the struggle of real individuals living in Iran and France, who are caught up in the psychiatric system. Live on stage in front of the screening are a dancer, a child and for two short live appearances, the internationally acclaimed American soprano Claron McFadden. An electronic soundscape is supplied by the Belgian Ictus Ensemble.

Mitra tells the story of Mitra Kadivar, a real life psychoanalyst from Tehran whose problems with the Iranian psychiatric system made international news. A story of one woman plus a few friends fighting together and from afar, through the unique power of words exchanged via email, to escape obliteration. Their truth, however, only finds its true expression when turned into fiction and put to music.
Mitra’s bravery, her uncompromising stance, and the almost antique beauty of her face marked by her trials, aligns her with a certain tragic figure of female heroism. Set in the confines of a nightmarish psychiatric hospital, Mitra is a story of the determination and solitude of a rebellious woman trapped within oppressive social codes.

Composer Eva Reiter is an Austrian artist-composer, flautist and viola da gambist. She performs with baroque ensembles and contemporary groups, including Ictus, the Belgian collective with whom Mitra was developed and premiered.

In collaboration with Ultimafestivalen