Midsummer dream in nightmare dance turn

Central Station | 12 Sep 2018

Two leading theater figures in Iran were arrested over a trailer for a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring men and women dancing together, a government official said.

Prominent director Maryam Kazemi and venue manager Saeed Asadi were detained on Sunday on the orders of the judiciary.

Culture Minister Abbas Salehi later intervened to secure their release.

Shahram Karami of the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance said the pair had been arrested due to the "type of music played" and the actors' "movements" in the trailer, which was widely shared on social media. Men and women are banned from dancing together in Iran.

The play had already been showing for seven nights at City Theatre in Teheran. "The issue was with the trailer and not the play's content," Karami said.

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