The Infamous Ramirez Hoffman

John Malkovich

John Malkovich and a musical trio tell the story of a fascist poet, aviator, and murderer who drew poems in the sky before disappearing.

Cast: John Malkovich, Anastasya Terenkova, two more musicians TBA.

what happens: On stage there are two pianos, a violin, and an accordion; the trio plays captivating and energetic music, to which the Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich begins to recite a text so absorbing that you forget where you are. Malkovich’s voice becomes the fifth musical instrument in this piece; he carries you through the remarkable story of the far-right Chilean poet and soldier Ramirez Hoffman, who wrote pretentious poems in the sky with airplane smoke, killed several people, and then vanished.

what you will feel:

Charmolypi (greek, χαρμολύπη) — Sweet or ‘joy-making’ sorrow; mourning joy; happiness and sadness intermingled

Nadryv (russian, надрыв) — An outburst of emotion or passion, often uncontrollable and possibly also irrational, when deeply hidden feelings are released

Mono no aware (japanese, 物の哀れ) — Pathos of understanding the transiency of the world and its beauty.

what you need to know: “Infamous Ramirez Hoffman” is the final chapter from the book “Nazi Literature in the Americas” by the outstanding Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño. It’s an encyclopedia of fictional biographies of right-wing and fascist writers active on the American continent in the 20th and 21st centuries. Being mediocre nobodies, they wrap themselves in a pathetic heroic myth — now the text sounds extremely topical. To feel how piercing the Malkovich and Terenkova duo works, one can refer to segments from their previous collaboration “Report on The Blind,” where Schnittke’s concert is combined with text by the Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato about how the blind rule the world.


The performance is part of the Cyprus International Theatre Festival. Every ticket purchased for CITR events is also an invitation to the festival’s opening party, which will take place on 30 April at 22:30 at ETKO. Stay tuned to and the official CITF account for more details

Important announcement:
According to the theatre’s regulations, children under the age of 16, will not be allowed to enter the theatre without adult supervision.

May 16 @ 19:00


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