Zoukak Sidewalks

Zoukak Sidewalks is a point of encounter providing a shared space between international artists, local practitioners, students and interested audiences. Through a program of artist talks, workshops and performances, spread across the year, Zoukak Sidewalks aims to spur debate around performance practices and create the opportunity to get a closer look on processes of creation and thought of various accomplished artists and companies, and possibly produce the momentum for new and unexpected collaborations. Each month a contemporary practitioner or company is invited for a residency in Zoukak's studio to share their practice by showing works in progress, performing pieces of finished work (solo or group performances, play-readings), opening up practical work processes through workshops and master classes and confronting audiences with their discourse through talks and informal encounters. In 2016 Zoukak organized the first edition of Zoukak Sidewalks-The Festival as a platform for artistic exchange and a space for intercultural reflection. Zoukak Sidwalks-The Festival took place over the course of eight days, included the showcase “Focus Liban” and gathering local and international artists and cultural operators.

Zoukak Sidewalks – The Festival 2018 returns this year with theatre, dance and music performances, film screenings, readings, project presentations, public conversations and master classes, which will take place between the 1st and the 11th of November in Beirut. You can find this year's program here. Tickets are available through Ihjoz and at the door. For more detailed information about all the performances, please visit our Events page ! 

Focus Liban

Zoukak launched Focus Liban in 2015, in partnership with the French Institute, as a platform to support the presentation and dissemination of the work of local performing artists. As a direct result of this showcase, local artists’ works were presented in various prestigious festivals around Europe.

 

Alexander Zeldin: Artist talk followed by a discussion

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 20:00 to 21:30

As part of Zoukak Sidewalks
Alexander Zeldin: Artist talk followed by a discussion

Wednesday 20 Dec, 8:00PM-9:30PM at Zoukak Studio, Karantina.

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Performance: Jogging

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 20:30 to 21:30

On 25, 26 and 27 January, Zoukak Studio hosts performances of "Jogging" by Hanane Hajj Ali in collaboration with Abdullah al Kafri and Eric Deniaud.

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Performance: Jogging

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 20:30 to 21:30

On 25, 26 and 27 January, Zoukak Studio hosts performances of "Jogging" by Hanane Hajj Ali in collaboration with Abdullah al Kafri and Eric Deniaud.

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Performance: Jogging

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 20:30 to 21:30

On 25, 26 and 27 January, Zoukak Studio hosts performances of "Jogging" by Hanane Hajj Ali in collaboration with Abdullah al Kafri and Eric Deniaud.

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Performance: Dystopia

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 20:30 to 22:00

A permanent conflict and a total affliction that tears up our lives at every moment, while everything rises up and works against our being. Our memories are fragile, the violence is nested, and the infirmity is present, although we are searching for a dream even in tragedies.

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Performance: Dystopia

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 20:30 to 22:00

A permanent conflict and a total affliction that tears up our lives at every moment, while everything rises up and works against our being. Our memories are fragile, the violence is nested, and the infirmity is present, although we are searching for a dream even in tragedies.

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Performance: Dystopia

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 20:30 to 22:00

A permanent conflict and a total affliction that tears up our lives at every moment, while everything rises up and works against our being. Our memories are fragile, the violence is nested, and the infirmity is present, although we are searching for a dream even in tragedies.

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Performance: Dystopia

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 20:30 to 22:00

A permanent conflict and a total affliction that tears up our lives at every moment, while everything rises up and works against our being. Our memories are fragile, the violence is nested, and the infirmity is present, although we are searching for a dream even in tragedies.

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Performance: Dystopia

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 20:30 to 22:00

A permanent conflict and a total affliction that tears up our lives at every moment, while everything rises up and works against our being. Our memories are fragile, the violence is nested, and the infirmity is present, although we are searching for a dream even in tragedies.

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Performance: Dystopia

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 20:30 to 22:00

A permanent conflict and a total affliction that tears up our lives at every moment, while everything rises up and works against our being. Our memories are fragile, the violence is nested, and the infirmity is present, although we are searching for a dream even in tragedies.

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Irtijal 2018: Day 4

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 20:30 to Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 04:00

For its 18th edition, the International Festival for Experimental Music in Lebanon IRTIJAL will be held at Zoukak Studio, Beirut Art Center and Metro al Ma

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Kid Fourteen Album Release

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 20:30 to 23:45

This Friday April the 13th marks Kid Fourteen's official album release (Blood-Thick Silence) by pinyon. April 15th is khodor's Birthday. Not a bad reason to make it into one big party. 

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REDZONE festival 2018: I Once Entered a Garden

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 15:00 to 20:00

I once entered a garden is a one-to-one interactive installation by Bissane Al Sharif (Syria/Palestine), Chrystèle Khodr (Lebanon) and Wael Ali (Syria).

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Performance: Two Heads and a Hand

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 20:30

26-27 April and 3 May 2018 at 8:30pm
Zoukak Studio, Beirut

Ticket price: 25000 L.L 

Tickets are available through Ihjoz, and at the door.

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REDZONE festival 2018: I Once Entered a Garden

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 15:00 to 20:00

I once entered a garden is a one-to-one interactive installation by Bissane Al Sharif (Syria) and Chrystèle Khodr (Lebanon).

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REDZONE festival 2018: Jimi and the Saint

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 22:00

Jimi and the Saint (Egypt)

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REDZONE festival 2018: I Once Entered a Garden

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 15:00 to 20:00

I once entered a garden is a one-to-one interactive installation by Bissane Al Sharif (Syria) and Chrystèle Khodr (Lebanon).

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REDZONE festival 2018: I Once Entered a Garden

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 15:00 to 20:00

I once entered a garden is a one-to-one interactive installation by Bissane Al Sharif (Syria) and Chrystèle Khodr (Lebanon).

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REDZONE festival 2018: I Once Entered a Garden

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 15:00 to 20:00

I once entered a garden is a one-to-one interactive installation by Bissane Al Sharif (Syria) and Chrystèle Khodr (Lebanon).

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PRAED - followed by DJ Dja7meh

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 21:30

PRAED followed by Dj Dja7meh, on May 11th starting 9:30pm at Zoukak Studio.

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Dance and music performance: Contact

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 20:30

Contact 
Dance and Music Performance
Pierre Geagea and Georg Kroneis
May 31st and June 1 and June 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm
at Zoukak Studio, Beirut

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Dance and music performance: Contact

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 20:30

Dance and music performance: Contact
May 31st and June 1 and June 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm
Pierre Geagea and Georg Kroneis
Zoukak Studio, Beirut

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Dance and music performance: Contact

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 20:30

Dance and music performance: Contact
May 31st and June 1 and June 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm
Pierre Geagea and Georg Kroneis
Zoukak Studio, Beirut

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Performance of a work-in-progress: Ecdysis (working title)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 20:30

A presentation of a work-in-progress within the Zoukak Theatre Mentorship Program

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Performance of a work-in-progress: HamletMachine

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 20:30

Six months after the launch of Zoukak’s Theatre Mentorship Program and Production Support Grant, the two artists selected for the program, Line Itani and Lena Osseyran, are in the midst of developi

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Album Release Party: Al Roujoou Ilal Qamar

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 20:30

An experimentation with electronics and Arab vocals

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Interbellum Album Release Concert: Dead Pets, Old Griefs

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 21:00

Interbellum Album Release Concert: Dead Pets, Old Griefs

26 September 2018 at 9:00pm
Zoukak Studio, Beirut

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Lecture - Performance: Appendice by Lina Majdalanie

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 20:30

"I once heard that in hospitals, when a diseased organ is excised from a patient's body, or when a member is amputated, it is incinerated. This inspired in me a demonic idea." 

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Zoukak Sidewalks – The Festival 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 20:00 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 23:00

Zoukak Sidewalks – The Festival 2018 returns this year with theatre, dance and music performances, film screenings, readings, project presentations, public conve

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Performance: Manwatching

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival: 

Fouad Yammine in Manwatching

A funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man

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MasterClass: Directing New Texts by Lucy Morrison

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:00 to 14:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Lucy will share her experience of working exclusively with new plays, covering dramaturgy, writing, directing and performing new texts. The session will include practical writing and acting exercises. 

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The Festival's Opening Reception & Exhibition

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 19:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents :

Opening reception & Exhibition 

Zoukak Studio will host an opening reception for the launching of Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival as well as an an exhibition :  "BOURJ HAMMOUD - Psychogeographic Explorations Beirut #3 , a collaboration between Youssef Tabti, French artist, based in Germany and Rani Al Rajji, Lebanese architect, based in Beirut. Initiated by Goethe-Institut Libanon.

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Performance: Manwatching

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents: 

Joe Kodeih in Manwatching

A funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man

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MasterClass: Conceptual Art in Theatre by Deborah Pearson

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

A urinal, a decorated phone booth, a glass of water. What can theatre learn from conceptual art?

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Dance Performance: Et Pourtant Elle Tourne

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

A unique piece where music and movement share equal status, reclaiming strong elements of popular culture.

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MasterClass: Global Realism by Milo Rau and Stefan Bläske

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

What does it mean to be an artist in the globalized world at the beginning of the 21st century? What are the crimes and tragedies of our time, and how can you tell about them on stage?

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Film Screening: The Congo Tribunal

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Milo Rau's movie examines the causes and background to the Congo War in the Great Lakes region in a unique and stunningly political cross-media art project.

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Public Conversation: Milo Rau in Conversation with Junaid Sarieddeen (Zoukak)

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 21:00 to 22:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

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MasterClass: Working on the Texts of Edouard Louis by Stanislas Nordey

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

French director will be conducting a performance-building masterclass based on the text of Edouard Louis “Qui a tué mon père” in which the author decrypts the mechanisms of domination that crush human-beings and their relationships

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Reading: Qui a tué mon père

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 16:00 to 17:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

The reading is the result of the masterclass given by Nordey on the same day and will be performed by the participants.

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Round Table with Stanislas Nordey and Roger Assaf

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 17:00 to 18:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

In collaboration with the French Institute and the Salon du Livre, a round-table discussion with 2 of the theatre’s most prominent figures in Lebanon and in France

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Performance: Breivik's Statement // Followed by a Public Conversation

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival 

Witness the statement that the terrorist Anders B. Breivik adressed the Oslo Discrit Court, long time banned from television and withheld from the public.

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Film Screening: The Moscow Trials

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Rau thematises the issue of artists and dissidents' show trials, staged by Putin's system to prevent any form of democratic change, by drawing on the techniques of political theater. 

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Performance: Dreaming Zenzile (work in progress)

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Dreaming Zenzile is a play framed as a meta-performance based on the extraordinary life of South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, set on the night of her final performance. 

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American Theatre Landscape: Public conversation

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Have you ever wondered about the ecosystem of the arts scene in the United States? How does the creative economy in the US engage with art from outside their borders?

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Performance: Pretty Fire

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

In five autobiographical vignettes, Charlayne Woodard tells of tales of her family's survival through three generations of love, struggle, and triumph.

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MasterClass : Getting My New Play to Fly! by Philip Himberg

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:00 to 15:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival 

This intensive is for theatre-makers new to Sundance Institute who want to deepen their knowledge of the play development process

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Performance: Criminal Tribes Act

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 18:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Criminal Tribes Act is a theatre piece that examines the inescapability of the 'us', 'them' and 'the other' social order.

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Designing the Artist's Experience: Public Conversation

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 19:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival: 

Designing the Artist's Experience
Public Conversation : Christopher Hibma (Sundance Institute) with Omar Abi Azar (Zoukak)

Join Sundance Institute Theatre Program Producing Director Christopher Hibma and Omar Abi Azar for a conversation about how environments for Sundance artists are designed. Learn more about how creativity and community are expressed both in physical space and in the relationships producers have with artists. Introduction by Jumana Al-Yasiri.

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Performance: Criminal Tribes Act

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Criminal Tribes Act examines the inescapability of the 'us', 'them' and 'the other' social order.

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MasterClass: Starting with the Actor by Catherine Coray

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

A workshop for actors, playwrights and directors who would like to explore writing scenes and monologues inspired by improvisational work and specific exercises designed to prompt behavior that can lead to character/relationship/text development.

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Sankar Venkateswaran in Conversation with Maya Zbib (Zoukak)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Join us in a public conversation with Indian theater director Sankar Venkaterswaran to discuss his views on social exclusion in India and how theatre could mend these divisions. 

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Dance Performance: Fa'Addebhou li

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival 

« Fa'addebhou li » interrogates the construction of the male body in the Arab world.

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Concert: Aya Metwalli

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 22:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival
 

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Project Presentation: Under Correction

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 15:00 to 15:30

Zoukak Sidewalk 2018 - The Festival

A tragic yet ironic body hesitates between becoming tamed and well-conditioned to integrate society, or displaying its deformity and reclaiming its unique being.

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Reading: The Date

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 15:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Faced with the desire to travel in search of a better future, it is the character's memories that control their decisions and behavior, and shape the course of this play

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Project Presentation: 077

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 16:00 to 16:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:

077
Project Presentation
Wael Kodeih and Randa Mirza

"3amil 77" is an audio video concert by the band "Love and Revenge" that mixes, cuts and rearranges old Arab songs and movies using contemporary electronic aesthetic. The recurrent theme is hybridity; the mixture of two cultures and identities.

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Project Presentation: The Ho-Ha Dance

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 16:30 to 17:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival
 

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Performance: The Confession

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival 

The Confession takes us into the realities of one day of Jalal's life, a former officer who is asked to return to service after a popular uprising in the country. 

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Performance : Two Heads and a Hand

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Based on Shakespeare's texts and his savage political commentaries, this play analyzes and questions the dominant archetypes of patriarchy in our context.

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Concert: Jawab

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 22:30

Zoukak Sidewals 2018 - The Festival

 

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The Story Of The Man Who Inhabited His Shadow

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:30

Invitation only 

An art exhibition and a theatre performance share the same space to alternatively, and each at a time, construct and tell the story of Kevork Kasarian and his unfinished works. 

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Project Presentation: Augurs

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 15:00 to 15:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Two actresses and an actor reflect on their theater carrier; from the moment they have started working in theater in the early 80s during the Lebanese civil war. 

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Reading: Ghalia's Miles

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 15:30 to 16:15

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Zoukak's new creation is an invitation to follow the journey of Ghalia through the Arab World where she will encounter several women who guide her as she sacrifices almost everything she has to make the crossing

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Project Presentation: Playground in Emergency

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 16:00 to 16:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Evicted from their home, an elderly couple gambles with their lives as they transgress social norms. What will it take for us to blur the lines that separate global crises from those of the everyday variety?

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Project Presentation: Everything is Just Fine

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 16:30 to 17:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

Two women, in a fake duplication of the "real world" participate in an experiment in which they are asked to fulfill a constructed daily life routine and tell their stories.

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Performance: Illusions

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 21:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

« Hello. I want to tell you about a married couple. These were wonderful human beings. They lived together for fifty-two years. Fifty-two years! Always together. Their life was complete. A fulfilling life! Extraordinarily beautiful love. Her name was Sandra, his was Denny… » 

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Audiovisual Performance: The Promise of a Field

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 22:30 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 23:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

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Installation & Performance: All the names

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00 to 14:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

All the Names is an interactive installation project inspired by Kafka’s Trial and Castle, and All the Names by José Saramago.
 

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Project Presentation: HamletMachine

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 15:00 to 15:30

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

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Reading: Ecdysis

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 15:30 to 16:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival 

The Man is a foetus, his three daughters and concubines take care of his health in an attempt to keep him alive. In exchange, they shed his skin to decorate their home.

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Performance: 36 Abbass Street, Haifa

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival

36 Abbas Street, Haifa is the story of the Rafa & Abu Ghaida's families - one that stayed in Palestine an another one who was forced to leave and left to wander all corners of the world in search of a country they could call their own.

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Perfomance: Untitled

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 21:00 to 22:00

Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival 

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