Si Vis Pacem, If You Want Peace…

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 20:30 to 22:00
Sunday, February 19, 2023 - 20:30 to 22:00

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February 18 and 19, 2023 at Zoukak Theatre


Si Vis Pacem, If You Want Peace…

A performance by Lara Mroue

Participation and artistic advisors : Rania Mroue, Walid Dakroub and Karim Dakroub


Doors open at 7:30 PM

Show starts at 8:30 PM 



As an artist who was born and lived through the civil war in Lebanon (the generation of the seventies or eighties) and witnessed it, I felt the necessity of giving this testimony. The idea of ​​investigating the assassination of my grandfather, the Lebanese thinker and philosopher Hussein Mroue in 1987 (in the apartment we lived in years after his assassination) was the starting point. It was necessary to recreate the facts of the crime in an artistic and physical way in order to restore the memory of this event, for which no criminal investigation was conducted, and no trace was left of it.

How can my body, as a performer, acquire documentary value and bear witness to a crime that left no trace?

The performance Si Vis Pacem, If You Want Peace... constitutes the practical part of the thesis on the basis of which I received my PhD in February 2022 under the title: "The Body as Document, An Investigation into an Event of the Civil War". 


This work challenges the political and judicial amnesia in Lebanon, and proves that art helps us find the truth, but also invents other possible truths. Art helps us resist.



Technical support and decor conception : Alexandre Vincent

Technician : Mohammad Ammari

Technical assistance : Mohammad Augi

Video and Editing : Ali Beidoun and Chadi Nasrallah

Music creation: Ali Beidoun


Photography : Aya Hassan


Special thanks to:

Raghid Mouzir, Ahmad Hijazi and Aya Hassan

Hanaa Mroué and Souhban Mroué

Mohammad El Awgi, Marianne Salamani, Mohamad Saleh, Boutros Rouhana, Ali Lamaa, Hachem Adnan and Diyaa Mansour.


This project is supported by AFAC, Zoukak Theatre, Hammana Artist House, Shams Association, and La BaZooka.

Event Location: 

Zoukak Theatre

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