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Lasts app. 120’; no intermission.
Russian with Turkish simultaneous translation.

After the Play: Q & A with the director Viktor Ryzhakov.


Collaboration with Golden Mask Russian Performing Arts Festival and Istanbul Theatre Festival
“Golden Mask in Istanbul” programme

  • Written by: Ivan Vyrypaev
  • Directed by: Viktor Ryzhakov
  • Set Design: Nikolay Simonov
  • Costume Design: Viktor Ryzhakov, Anna Khrustalyova
  • Lighting Design: Maxim Biryukov
  • Sound Design: Yan Kuzmichyov
  • Video Artist: Vladimir Gusyev
  • Performers: Vladimir Bolshov (Philip Rasmusen, Professor and Chair of International Relations at the University of Copenhagen, Division of the Humanities), Igor Gordin (Daniel Christensen, Professor of the Humanities at Aarhus University; activist of European Islam, an international movement), Ilya Isaev (Oliver Larsen, Professor of Theology at the University of Copenhagen), Alexei Vertkov (Magnus Thomsen, Political analyst, staff writer at Politiken, a daily newspaper), Marina Drovosekova (Astrid Petersen, Freelance journalist who covers global hot spots), Svetlana Ivanova-Sergeeva (Emma Schmidt-Poulsen, Wife of the Prime Minister of Denmark; president of InterAction, an international charity. In the past, a well-known TV host), Ravshana Kurkova (Shirin Shirazi, Iranian poet and public figure; laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature), Andrey Kuzichev (Gustav Jensen, Danish author and philosopher), Igor Khripunov (Father Augustine, Priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark. Professor of Theology at the University of Copenhagen), Veniamin Smekhov (Pascual Andersen, Principal Conductor Emeritus at the Danish National Symphony Orchestra)
  • The poem “That is All” is performed by the author.
  • The sitar composition is performed by Andrei Abroskin.


The Middle East! Sometimes the utterance of a single word instantly evokes so many things, tells incredible stories... While Iran Conference, written by Ivan Vyrypaev, discusses how “real” actors may persuade us to anything through brilliant and striking monologues; The Theatre of Nations, which successfully bears the fame of one of the most ambitious stages in Moscow, never ceases to surprise its audiences with new genres and different interpretations. In the play, Denmark’s best and brightest minds gather in Copenhagen supposedly to discuss the Iranian issue and find a solution. On their opposite side are prominent intellectuals and the people... Nine speakers including the Prime Minister, a military journalist, a priest and a Nobel Laureate Iranian poet give speeches making deductions on human rights, god and spirituality... How to lift this weight created by decision-makers’ speeches full of implications?