Ogres: Arabic reading of Yann Verburgh's text
As part of the Beirut Pride 2018 events, an Arabic reading of Ogres by Yann Verburgh will take place at Zoukak Studio, followed by a discussion of the text.
Stay around after the reading, for a live set by DJ G! and DJ Rabea!
Ogres proposes a journey to the heart of homophobia in our world today. From France to Russia to Uganda to Iran, passing by Bulgaria, South Africa, Cameroon, Greece, Brazil, Romania, South Korea, Holland, the text addresses the discrimination that results in social exclusion and death directly or indirectly, and that exists in all kinds of forms, causing pain and suffering.
Ogres begins with an aggression on Benjamin, who is tortured and left to die in the woods of Normandy. The audience sees the scene through the eyes of one of the aggressors. We follow the story of Benjamin in between the different cases presented, as if following a fine red thread, from the moment of the incident until the trial that condemns his attackers. Along the way, he is accompanied by Yoan, a young LGBT activist who supports and listens to him. A total of 28 scenes and 14 destinations are presented, where the views of the victims and those of the aggressors, families, witnesses and commentators collide.
In the midst of horror, torture and incoherence and under the crust of wounds, three things are never eradicated, killed or smothered: love, that of Eshan and Ali, sentenced to death in Iran and hope, that of Tara, a young Ugandan seeking asylum in the Netherlands and courage - that of Luka, Russian high school student in the city of Sochi.
The reading will be conducted by Yann Verburgh and Eugen Jebeleanu.
Readers: Hadi Deaibes, Hussein Nakhal, Chrystèle Khodr, Ziad Chakaron, Rouieda Ghali Hornig.
About the DJs
A dash of disco, singalong soul and plenty of drums to save your life; G! presents exactly what you want to hear, releasing music on various labels locally and internationally.
Playing in venues and parties all around Lebanon for over 7 years now, Rabea loves to test the offbeat and quirky on the dancefloor, spinning an eclectic mix of left-field pop, hip hop, sleaze, Italo disco and boogie.