Performance: The Confession
Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:
By Abdallah al Kafri
Friday 9 of November 2018 at 6:00 p.m at the Palace, Beirut
Tickets are available through ihjoz.com and at the door
The regime decides to abandon the services of officer Jalal during the years of stable government control, and then asks him to return to service after a popular uprising in the country.
This offer awakens Jalal's former desire to regain the power he was accustomed to practicing for many years. Jalal wanted to forget the years after the regime abandoned him and after spending years with his nephew Omar.
Abdallah al Kafri, promising theater director, is preparing a new play based on the famous Death and the maiden by the Argentinian playwright Ariel Dourphman, that revolves around an ambiguous encounter between a previous prisoner and executioner.
The play, entitled The confession takes us into the realities of one day of Jalal's life, who faces his past and his new choices.
Writer: Wael Kadour
Director: Abdullah Alkafri
Performed by Hamza Hamadeh, Jamal Saloum, Oussama Halal, Suha Nader, Shadi Moqresh
Scenographer: Karam Abu Ayash
Original Music Composer: Abed Kobeissy
In addition to fragments from the string quartet no.14 in D minor op. posth D.810 “Death and The Maiden” composed by Franz Schubert, performed by the Alban Berg quartet
Video Work: Noor Salman
Artistic Collaboration: Eric Deniaud, Chrystele Khodr, christine Youakim, Ariane Langlois
Production Management: Marwa Chehadi
English Translation: Hassan Abdulrazzak
Visual Materials Design: Abraham Zeitoun – Be:Kult
Promotional Materials: Amr Koukach
French Translation: Chrystele Khodr
Stage Manager: Hassan Akkol
Implementation of Model (Maquette): Fares Khalif
Set Executer: Abdul Qader Al Abdullah
English Translation commissioned by Catherine Coray, Director of The Lark Middle East-US Playwright Exchange, with support from New York University Abu Dhabi.
This performance was produced by a grant from the Culture Resource and the KKV –Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
This performance was developed within an Artist residency at Hammana Artist House and with the support of Koon Studio
Abdallah al Kafri is a playwright and cultural activist. He works as a trainer in topics related to the field of culture with many organizations. He is a regular participant at conferences and forums on culture and art. He is a founding member and the executive director of Ettijahat- Independent Culture: a Syrian cultural organization founded in the end of 2011 that seeks to play a pivotal role in building a dynamic, democratic and diverse Syrian culture - taking into account the challenges experienced by Syrian society, through creating sustainable opportunities for artists, researchers and cultural operators and enhancing the environment and forms of cultural expression, in addition to integrating creative work with social change.
Abdallah al Kafri is a permanent contributor to international and regional conferences and forums as a researcher and a facilitator. His interests focus in the first place on the main roles that art and culture can play during times of crises. He also seek to enable cultural practices by finding different ways and opportunities to support artists in spite of challenges such as censorship on freedoms.
Abdallah al Kafri is a director and dramaturge, who collaborated with a number of artists from the Arab region. Moreover, the works he participated in were presented in different international platforms. He graduated in Theatrical Studies from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus, 2004 and completed his Master’s study at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, in the same field in 2015. He is currently a PhD Student at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.
Zoukak Sidewalks – The festival 2018 is supported by: Drosos Foundation, AFAC – Arab Fund for Art and Culture, the Sundance Institute, the Goethe Institute, the British Council, the French Institute – Paris, the French Institute – Lebanon, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Beirut Office, Salon Du Livre Francophone.