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Nationalism on Stage - Theatre in Iran

Theatre then and now: A Talk with Delara Noushin | Episode 4

So far, Anna Heller, Iranologist from the University of Marburg, has viewed the written sources for researching the history of modern theatre in Iran in Tehran’s archives and libraries. Now she is focussing on a different type of source. Her interviewee Delara Noushin is an actress and the niece of Abdol-Hoseyn Noushin, the founder of modern theatre in Iran. Amongst other things she talks about her uncle’s significance, but also the reprisals he suffered during the Shah’s reign. After the interview Anna Heller is drawn once again to books and visits a district of Tehran that is known for its many bookstores and second-hand bookshops.

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The Project
To date, little attention has been paid to modern art forms as an expression of secular and anti-Islamic movements; at most the topic was skimmed over in cultural and socio-historical studies on the Middle Eastern region. Both modernist literary figures whose thinking was influenced by Western concepts of nationalism and the Pahlavi state saw their task as shaping a modern national conscious. The preferred medium for advocating their secular concepts of morality and modernity was the theatre. This project seeks to examine nationalism in Iran at a time when no other mass media existed apart from the press, and theatre played an important role as a vehicle for communicating nationalist ideas. The aim is to reach socio-historical conclusions about the way the Iranian state’s modernization policy was disseminated and its social reception by the multimedia phenomenon of the theatre. A key issue in analysing the ideological effectiveness of the theatre is the extent to which this secular art form projected the image of an anti-Islamic movement.

Project leadership

Prof Dr Christoph Werner

Location

Tehran

Academic Project Manager
Prof Dr Christoph Werner

Academic Project Assistant
Anna Heller

Editorial Teams
Dr Natascha Bagherpour

Camera Technicians
Resa Asarschahab

Edting Technicians
Resa Asarschahab

Overall Planning Teams
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

All episodes
The City Theatre Library
Episode 1
08/30/2017
Search for Traces in Lalehzar Street
Episode 2
09/06/2017
The National Libraries in Tehran - Centres of Knowledge
Episode 3
09/13/2017
Theatre then and now: A Talk with Delara Noushin
Episode 4
09/20/2017
Work on Sources: What the Texts Reveal
Episode 5
09/27/2017
The General Interview with Prof. Dr. Christoph U. Werner
Episode 6
10/04/2017
The General Interview with Anna Heller M.A.
Episode 7
10/11/2017

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