“They are to Beirut what the Wooster Group is to New York: a blend of avant-garde innovation, conceptual complexity and political urgency, all grounded in earthy humor”
– The New York Times
This semi-documentary performance without actors reconstructed the final moments of a young Lebanese man who takes his own life and, in a farewell letter, declares that his reasons are personal and have nothing to do with politics. The young man is dead, but everything in his bed-room lives on—the television, the answering machine, the computer—vibrating and communicating. Time pauses and begins anew; history is pieced together—never constructed, of course—from so many fragments of communication.
Mroué is a Lebanese actor, director, and playwright whose work draws attention to issues and events in the Middle East. Winner of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award, his work pits facts against made-up truths and propaganda imbued with a visual sensibility honed from years as a visual artist. Saneh is a theater maker, who in addition to collaborating with Mroué, writes and directs works utilizing physical theater as a way of addressing how our bodies are imprinted by sociopolitical conflicts and contradictions in the Middle East.
In Other Words included six artists who delivered lecture-performances, juxtaposed with talks by six thinkers in order to cross boundaries and make dialogue a continuous process of renewal.
This performance is presented in conjunction with Thomas Keenan’s talk New Media, New Documents.
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Co-produced by Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts (Beirut), Festival d’Avignon, Festival delle Colline Torinesi (Turin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Malta Festival (Poznan), Scène Nationale de Petit-Quevilly/Mont-Saint-Aignan (Rouen), Stage – Helsinki Theatre Festival, Théâtre de l’Agora – Scène Nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne, and Steirischer Herbst.