New Performance: The Jokers

Saturday, December 16, 2017


“The Jokers” will premiere locally at Zoukak Studio and will run for 3 consecutive nights on the 16, 17 and 18 December at 8:30pm. The play premièred internationally last October in Bordeaux within the Festival International des Arts de Bordeaux Métropole (FAB). 

The performance is not suitable for people under the age of 18. 

Tickets available through IHJOZ, at Malik's and Khoury Home. 

Tickets can also be purchased at the door, upon availability. 

University students can benefit from free entrance to the performance on any of the dates. Please note that you need to be present at least 30 min before the start of the performance and show your university card to claim your tickets, otherwise we would have to release them.​

There is a child. Omnipresently absent.
There is a musician. Pulling the strings.
The setting is a shelter, which is a brothel, which is a theatre: a stage and dressing room.
Or perhaps it is simply the projection of the intimacy between three performers backstage.
Their roles are constantly changing; we get glimpses of the unpolished reality behind their performances.
We bare witnesses to the very transfigurations that their audience do not wish to see.

This work revisits the 'jokers' of society; those characters that manifest themselves as distinctive from others, transformed by society into easy allegories, and made into proxies for all means of filth and deception or purity and wisdom. They are figures inevitably alienated by their own otherness, whether inherent or assigned. They become a screen onto which to project any narrative, escaping the anxiety of self-identification within a community or society. These appointed scapegoats could then be cursed, marginalized, denied existence, tortured, burned, and killed, or conversely sanctified, canonized, and worshiped. They are the products of a culture nourished by binaries of good and bad, the mirror of collective intelligence, the transfigurations that diverge and transcend the individual.

Conceived and devised by Zoukak theatre company
Directors: Omar Abi Azar and Junaid Sarieddeen
Performers and devisers: Lamia Abi Azar, Junaid Sarieddeen, Maya Zbib
Musician: Khodor Ellaik (Kid Forteen)
Dramaturgy: Omar Abi Azar, Mohamad Hamdan and Junaid Sarieddeen
Assistant Director: Marianne Kortbani
Scenographer: Nathalie Harb
Assistant scenographer: Zyad Ceblany
Illustrator of Masks: Joseph Kaï
Poster designer: Maya Chami
Sound engineer: Jawad Chaaban
Light designers: Guillaume Tesson and Nadim Deaibes
Technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Make-up artist: Mohamad Reda
Costume designer: Mahmood Al-Safi
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan
Produced by: Zoukak Theatre Company
Funded by: DROSOS