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Meet the artist after the performance on 10/05

Unfolding at the point where opera, documentary film, and installation meet, Mitra is an emotional tale of taboos, oppression, resistance, and solidarity based on theexperience of Iranian psychoanalyst Mitra Kadivar. In Teheran, Kadivar dedicatedly helped people with mental health issues, leading to her detainment in 2012, as a punishment for her professional practice. Filmmaker Jorge León loudly resounds Kadivar’s isolated cry of resistance, togetherwith Ictus Ensemble and Muziektheater Transparant. Her veracity is evidencedthrough 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 heroismand illustrates both the resilience and the fragility of humankind. Penetrating.

Concept & direction
Jorge León 

Eva Reiter 

Composition chorus
George van Dam  

Musical supervision
Georges-Elie Octors 

Isabelle Dumont  

Thibault Van Craenenbroeck  

Silvia Hasenclever  

Mitra Kadivar & Jacques-Alain Miller 

Claron McFadden  

Simone Aughterlony  

Laurenz Schäfer  

Aliocha Van der Avoort  

Jorge León, Aliocha Van der Avoort & Thomas Schira  

Light design
Peter Quasters  

Sound design
Alexandre Fostier 

Recorded music & performed by Ictus Ensemble
Michael Schmid (flute), Gerrit Nulens (percussion), George van Dam (violin), Eva Reiter (Paetzold recorder & bass viol) 

Singers of the MM Academy La Monnaie 

Choir coach
Polina Bogdanova 

Special thanks to
Aurélie Deloche, Julie Chenot, Fabienne Moris, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Bernard Foccroulle, Paul Aron, Julien Englebert, Amélie Derlon Cordina, Anne-Lise Gobin 

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, De Munt / La Monnaie  

Muziektheater Transparant & Ictus 

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Théâtre de Liège i.k.v. IMPACT, De Munt / La Monnaie, Present Perfect vzw, The GMEM Marseille, Actoral Marseille en Les films de Force Majeure 

With the support of
Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, International Film Festival Marseille FID, Camargo Foundation, IRCAM, CNC DICRéAM, Thank you & Good Night Production, Interreg V Euregio Meuse Rhin & Wallonia & Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid

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Jorge León studied film at the INSAS in Brussels. He soon became interested in the practice of documentary-making. He has crossed paths with  many great performing artists (Olga De Soto, Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre, Simone Aughterlony et al.). This led to numerous joint artistic projects. His most recent productions - Before we go (2014), Vous êtes servis (2010) and 10 min. (2009) - have been widely shown on the international festival circuit and have been awarded many prizes (including the FIPRESCI Prize, the prix de la critique internationale, in 2015). Parallel to the screening of Vous êtes servis at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, León presented Deserve, a play created in collaboration with Simone Aughterlony. They developed their collaboration with the production UNI*FORM, which premiered at the Theater Spektakel in Zürich in 2015. The scritpt for the film version of  Mitra - was awarded at FIDLAB in Marseille. The film itself is in the midst of editing.

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