The portrait of an Iranian psychoanalyst who is wrongfully interned and her battle for freedom with almost mythical proportions.

Following the cry for help from his Iranian colleague Mitra Kadivar, psychoanalyst Jacques-Alain Miller tries to free her from a psychiatric hospital in Teheran by means of e-mail correspondence. Based on this heartfelt correspondence Mitra brings the story of Kadivar’s fight. On the crossroads between opera, film and installation is this a genuine cry from the depths of imprisonment and isolation. Mitra attests of the resistance of our humanity, which is vulnerable and stands up against everything that destroys it. Besides this on-stage version Jorge León also made the film 'Mitra' which will be shown in selected international cinemas from autumn 2018.
Mitra is one of the winners of the Music Theatre NOW competition 2018.

“The horror of its content, the monochrome stage setting, the anti-music and the blistering cinematography: they all come together in an unusually intense performance out of which arises a longstanding question: what role do the arts have to play? If theatre is no longer an institution where the tragic is made workable and raised to a higher level by means of aesthetics, does it still have a place in our existence?”

Cutting Edge - 10 May 2018 ***

“A surprising multidisciplinary piece that leaves no one unmoved. … The ambient sounds, music and the singers’ voices come from every corner of the theatre simultaneously. … It is an all-embracing experience. … In addition to McFadden’s notable stage performance, the work that preceded it also made an impression. … This is something that should be meticulously followed up; it is for the most intrepid opera audiences.”

Olyrix - 13 May 2018

“This documentary-inspired story of an Iranian psychoanalyst’s correspondence with a colleague in the west about her struggle to remain sane while being wrongfully incarcerated is harrowing and speaks to the sense of precarity and sadness that arguably appears to define our contemporary time. The production succeeds in excellently articulating an overwhelmingly clinical desolation, as a psychiatric ward in Tehran is brought into being using a sensitive mix of stark lighting, strict linearity of set design.”

The Jury of the 2018 edition of MusicTheatreNOW competition


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Ultima Festival (Oslo)
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Festival Actoral (Marseille)
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Théatre de Liège (Luik)
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Holland Festival (Amsterdam)
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