Screening: In Praise of the Collapse

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 18:00

In Praise of the Collapse
Screening of a video performance
By a group of youths
Mentored by Zoukak

Monday 14 December, 6pm at Zoukak studio

Free entrance / Places are very limited and bookings are required and done exclusively through

Year 1 B.C (Before Covid), before the crucial measures to prevent its spread were implemented, a group of youths predicted a huge collapse that destroys everything and culminates in the destruction of the Silos of a Port on the Mediterranean. To prepare themselves for this, they decided to rehearse for the collapse،

A few weeks, days and hours before the big explosion, the group parted with what was left of their hopes, and announced their intention to join the theatre, their refuge of the future.

They met to try and immune themselves against all these collapses, armed with a new age weapon: social distancing, sanitizing, and staying safe, until they reached zero hour.

  1. To fall or fall apart together, suddenly and completely
  2. To fall towards a flat or a spiky object due to external force or pressure
  3. Complete fracture, separation and degradation
  4. The inner fall that makes way for what is different
  5. A sudden loss of strength, privacy, advantage, value, and ability to influence
  6. The complete loss of energy, endurance, and self-control due to fatigue or illness.
  7. The End

Written, devised and Performed By: Louay al Ashkar, Mahdi al Assad, Khaled Baydoun, Lynn Fakhry, Mia Mashaka, Rayyane Nasser, Mounir al Serawan, Rabih Tarabai, Ali Younes.
Trainers: Omar Abi Azar, Junaid Sarieddeen
Videographer: Toni Khoury
Technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Sound: Georges Abou Zeid
Technical team: Salim Abou Ayash, Fadi Aajlan
Supported by: Drosos

The video performance was filmed at Zoukak Studio on the 27th of July 2020, it is the result of a 5 months mentorship program with a group of youth, that was implemented partly in person but mostly remotely through online sessions and assignments. The video  contains some recorded videos and texts that were the result of individual work done within the remote working sessions during the first confinement in March, April, May and June 2020.

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: 

Zoukak Theatre

506 Corniche du Fleuve River Bridge Saloumi Building, first floor
Karantina , Beirut
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