German-Iranian Theater Exchange Program Talking in Difficult Times [Archives:2006/972/Culture]

August 14 2006

Despite ongoing tension between Iranian and European leaders, a new theater exchange project aims to bring Iranians and Germans closer together. Arian Fariborz reportsThe three-year University Dialogue program brings together Iranian and German professors, students, actors and directors to look at various aspects of theater, from using it as an educational tool to taking a combined theater piece on tour.

The first six Iranian lecturers from the University of Tehran's College of Fine Arts, Azad University and the Tehran's Theater and Film School are due to arrive in Germany later in July. They will visit the Institute for Theatre Studies at Osnabruck's Technical College in northwestern Germany.

University lecturer and exchange representative at Osnabruck, Andreas Poppe, said that the project initially focused “on technical and scientific exchanges in the field of theater pedagogy.””

“”That means learning with theatre