Les Halles de Schaerbeek
— Brussels —

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Jorge Leon

Unfolding at the point where opera, documentary film, and installation meet, Mitra is an emotional tale of taboos, oppression, resistance, and solidarity based on the experience of Iranian psychoanalyst Mitra Kadivar. In Teheran, Kadivar dedicatedly helped people with mental health issues, as well as drug addicts and prostitutes, leading to her detainment in 2012, as a punishment for her professional practice. Filmmaker Jorge León loudly resounds Kadivar’s isolated cry of resistance, together with Ictus Ensemble and Muziektheater Transparant. Her veracity is evidenced through the eye of the camera, the intonation of the voice, the timbre of the music. Mitra is a daring performance that portrays a tragic archetype of female heroism and illustrates both the resilience and the fragility of humankind. Penetrating.

Concept & direction Jorge León
Composition Eva Reiter
Composition chorus George van Dam
Dramaturgy Isabelle Dumont
Scenography Thibault Van Craenenbroeck
Costumes Silvia Hasenclever
Voices Mitra Kadivar & Jacques-Alain Miller
Singer Claron McFadden
Performer Simone Aughterlony
Child Laurenz Schäfer
Video Aliocha Van der Avoort
Images Jorge León, Aliocha Van der Avoort & Thomas Schira
Light Peter Quaesters
Sound Alexandre Fostier
Recorded music / performed by Ictus
Ensemble Michael Schmid (Flute), Gerrit Nulens (Percussion), George van Dam (violin), Eva Reiter (Paetzold recorder & bass viol)
Choir Kooracademie De Munt / La Monnaie
Choir conductor Georges-Elie Octors

Presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, De Munt/La Monnaie
Production Ictus, Muziektheater Transparant
Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Théâtre de Liège, De Munt / La Monnaie Brussel, Present Perfect vzw, The GMEM Marseille, Actoral Marseille & Les films de Force Majeure Marseille.
With the support of International Film Festival Marseille FID, Camargo Foundation, IRCAM, CNC DICRéAM, Thank you & Good Night Production
Subtitling with the support of ONDA

Photo credits © Jorge León