Storytelling performance: Silk
Organised by Action for Hope
Friday 17 January 2020, 7:00pm at Zoukak Studio
Zoukak studio hosts a storytelling performance by a group of Syrian women refugees in Lebanon that participated in the creative writing training given by Action for Hope.
In the early 1870s, silk production increased in the Levan, especially in Mount Lebanon. The workers at the spinning mills, some of them from Syria, were the nucleus of the industry at the time. The border had not yet been demarcated, and the travel between the two countries was not a concern for “Shami”. However, things have changed today, the roads are no longer open for those wanting to cross them, and manual labor is no longer the backbone of industries after the invasion of automation. Nothing remains of the silk industry other than the memories of our ancestors, their tales and our imagination.
And here we are today, our borders getting narrower, our losses growing bigger, so we travel away, in our fictional journey, to weave our tales, our dreams and memories, maybe we could find a safer place.
Performers: Alaa Al Sayed, Darine El Banna, Faten Nakeshbandi, Hiba ElSekari, Hiam Abou Rajab, Jihan Hamidy, Khuloud Zahra, Latifa Bou Khcharif, Maha Zarkli, Najat Elbseiry, Samar Issa, Shamsa El Kurdi, Soulaf Mousa
Musicians: Hiba Dahous, Raghad Ibrahim, Safaa Mekdah
Script: The whole group
Dramaturgy: Alaa ElDine ElAlam
Scenography and Lighting design: Karam Abu Ayash
Music Trainer: Farah Kaddour
Technicians: Karam Abu Ayash and Abdelnasser Farhoud
Assistant Trainer: Alaa ElSayed
Directed by: Sara Zein
Supported by: Ford Foundation - Stichting DOEN