Iran Conference takes place at a scientific symposium dedicated to the problem of the relationships between “Eastern” and “Western” cultures. Representatives of the world's intellectual elite (a theologian, a Catholic priest, a military journalist, an Iranian poet who recently received a Nobel Prize) take the stage one after another to discuss the so-called "Iranian" issue, which embraces not only perception of God ( in the West — Jesus, in the East — Allah), but also the daily violation of human rights and freedoms, executions, torture, and military conflicts in the Middle East.
Despite the format of the conference and the apparent complexity of the topic, the characters gradually move from their pre-prepared reports to more private and personal things in order to talk about the most important and eternal - a place of man in the world and a life purpose. Vyrypaev's talent as a playwriter is manifested here not only in the incredible depth and importance of the topic he chose but also in the transformation of this complex and taboo dialogue into a purifying narrative about the value of life and awareness of one's own path that anybody can relate to.
The premieres of the performance were held at two venues: in the theater premises "Triumph" and the real scientific conference hall of the Perm State National Research University (PSU). The places for the performance were chosen for a good reason. And if "Triumph" reflected the classical theatrical approach, the premiere at the university allowed the performance to get as close as possible to the original text, turning the audience into conference participants with real badges and the opportunity to ask any questions they had at the end of the symposium.Interesting Facts:
- each viewer received a Conference ID at the entrance, where they could write their first and last name, thereby becoming full-fledged conference participants;
- after the premiere, which took place in the authentic conference hall of Perm State National Research University, the director and actors held a Q&A session with the audience, as is usually the case after real symposiums;
- the white and blue folders that you may have noticed in the hands of the actors are actually real reports on the topic of the conference, prepared by the actors themselves specifically for their roles.