silk thread

silk thread

"Silk Thread" is a site-specific performance investigating inherited social structures that define and shape gender stereotypes as identified through local mythologies, fairy tales, modern legends, contemporary stories and actual events. The performance invites the audience to witness acts and listen to stories drawing a fine line between the real and the imaginary. The fantasy of the tales and the violence of actuality converge to form one image, bringing our collective unconscious up close and aiming to reshuffle references and question certainties around gender dynamics. Through a re-appropriation of orally transmitted tales, interwoven with original texts, the performers will lead the audience across a panorama of characters borrowed from various archetypes of the male and female normative identities that reveal themselves through fiction and in reality.

Director: Maya Zbib
Assistant director: Ali Chahrour
Dramaturgy and text: Zoukak Company
Performers: Danya Hammoud, Lamia Abi Azar, Junaid Sarieddeen, Hashem Adnan and Maya Zbib
Scenography: Nathalie Harb and Maya Zbib
Light design: Riccardo Clementi
Photography: Randa Mirza
Graphic design and digital arts : Maya Chami
Make-up: Stephanie Aznarez
Props maker: Ghina Sibahi
Production manager: Omar Abi Azar

Performed in Beirut at Zicco House in May 2012 and in Berlin at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse as part of “Voicing Resistance Festival” in June 2012 and during Minassa Platform in Beirut, October 2012.

A Zoukak production supported by Zicco house, the British Council and the French Institute Lebanon.

Date of creation: 
May 2012
photo by randa mirza