I Hate Theatre I love Pornography

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 20:00
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 20:00
Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 20:00

I Hate Theatre I Love Pornography
A performance by Zoukak Theatre Company

10-11-12 December, 8:00pm (time might change)
at Al Madina Theatre

Language: English (No Arabic subtitles)
Duration: 50 minutes

Regular tickets: 30,000 LL

Support tickets: 60,000 LL / 100,000 LL / 150,000 LL 

Tickets available through Ihjoz and at the door. You can also buy the tickets at any Liban Post and Malik's Bookshop branch.

A ride through the hottest stories from the Middle East, catered and served specifically to satisfy the needs and expectations of our beloved “Western” and English-speaking audiences.

“I Hate Theatre I Love Pornography” is an investigation on current forms of corruption plaguing today’s world. It uses theatricality as a tool to question how we position ourselves as artists and as individuals with regards to the multiple representations of this corruption. 

The past few years have witnessed citizens of countries in the Northern Hemisphere becoming more and more afraid of cultural difference, electing extreme right-wing leaders and voting for exclusionist policies, for the prospect of being safe from “The Other”. While most of the South continues to be torn by wars, destroying infrastructures and wiping out whole cultures, with real-estate businessmen waiting like scavengers for the right moment to sell and re-build. As the death of children continues to be bartered for profit, we ask ourselves how can we as theatre makers position ourselves in the middle of the obscenity of this political opportunism.

Today these same power-thirsty policy makers, warlords and traffickers, are setting the new paradigms of the world’s system of values… exclusion, marginalization, segregation, displacement, murder… specifying the worth of human bodies, through commodities, wars, and the media. In an era when people are brutally massacred and decapitated, and their deaths are broadcasted on daily news, while heroes in Hollywood zombie movies are systematically obliterating masses of the undead on screens; this performance attempts to shed light on this corruption through the value we assign to our bodies, creating a parallelism between the performative body, the pornographic body and the corpse.

The Team

Conceived and produced by: Zoukak Theatre Company
Directed by: Omar Abi Azar
Devised and performed by: Lamia Abi Azar, Omar Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Ziad Chakaroun, Khodor Ellaik, Junaid Sarieddeen and Maya Zbib
Assistant Director: Rahaf Jammal and Natalie Maalouf
Light Designer and Technical Director: Nadim Deaibes
Communication: Marianne Kortbani
Graphic Design: Maya Chami
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan
Co-produced by: IBSEN Awards
Supported by: Sundance Institute and Drosos Foundation

The first phase of this project was created in collaboration with Abdullah Al Kafri, Ahmad Ghossein, Nathalie Harb and Helle Siljeholm, at the Ibsen Theatre in Skien, Norway, in 2014.

The work on this piece started in 2014 during a residency at the Ibsen Center in Skien, Norway and was based on themes from Ibsen’s Enemy of the People and Pillars of the Society. It was later performed as a work in progress in Norway as part of the IBSEN conference in 2014, in India as part of ITFOK - International Theater Festival of Kerala in 2015, and in Lebanon. In 2017, it was partly developed and presented within Sundance Institute’s Theatre Lab in Utah. In 2019, it was further developed into its current version and presented in October at Ibsen Teater in Norway, within the Ibsen Awards festival.

PS: All Covid-19 precautions will be taken and the audience will be limited to 50% capacity.
We kindly ask you to wear your mask inside the theatre for everyone's safety.

This event is part of Hawader, an initiative joining artistic organizations in Lebanon, creating a space and time, here and now, for collaboration, collective curation, dialogue and mutual support.

Event Location: 

Al Madina Theatre

Hamra
Beirut
Lebanon
Event Type: 
Play
Event Category: 
Zoukak

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