I Hate Theater I Love Pornography

Based on Pillars of the Community and Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen 

“I Hate Theater I Love Pornography” is an investigation on current forms of corruption plaguing today’s world. It uses theatricality as a tool to question how we position ourselves as artists and as individuals with regards to the multiple representations of this corruption. While the majority of citizens of countries in the northern hemisphere are becoming more and more afraid of cultural difference, electing extreme right-wing leaders and voting for exclusionist policies, for the prospect of being safe from “The Other”, and while most of the South is being torn by wars, destroying infrastructures and wiping out whole cultures, with real-estate businessmen waiting like scavengers for the right moment to sell and re-build, and as the death of children is being bartered for profit, we ask ourselves how can we as theatre makers position ourselves in the middle of this obscenity of this political opportunism.

Today these same power-thirsty policy makers, war-lords and businessmen, are setting the new paradigms of the world’s system of values… exclusion, marginalization, segregation, displacement, murder… specifying the worth of human bodies, through commodities, wars, and the media. As people are massacred and decapitated daily on the news, and as heroes in Hollywood zombie movies are systematically obliterating masses of the undead; we will attempt to shed the light on this corruption through the value we assign to our bodies, creating a parallelism between the performative body, the pornographic body and the corpse.

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The work on this piece started in 2014 during a residency at the Ibsen Center in Skien, Norway and was based on themes from Ibsen’s Enemy of the People and Pillars of the Society. It was later performed as a work in progress in Norway as part of the IBSEN conference in 2014, in India as part of ITFOK - International Theater Festival of Kerala in 2015, and in Lebanon.

This project was partly developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab in Utah, USA in July 2017. 

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The Team
Conceived and produced by Zoukak Theatre Company
Directed by: Omar Abi Azar
Devised and Performed by: Lamia Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Ziad Chakaroun, Khodor Ellaik, Junaid Sarieddeen and Maya Zbib
Assistant Director: Rahaf Jammal, Natalie Maalouf
Light Designer/Technical Director: Nadim Deaibes
Communication: Marianne Kortbani
Graphic Design: Maya Chami
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan
Co-produced by: IBSEN Awards
Supported by: Sundance Institute and Drosos Foundation

The first phase of this project was created in collaboration with Abdullah Al Kafri, Ahmad Ghossein, Nathalie Harb and Helle Siljeholm, at the Ibsen Theatre in Skien, Norway, in 2014.

This Project has been developed partly at IBSEN Theatre in Norway in 2014 and at Sundance Institute’s Theatre Lab in Utah in 2017