Lucena: Obedience Training
This is a theatrical work that questions the authoritarian model that governs religion, society and theater. The work summons Ibsen's "Emperor and Galilean" from history, the text which called upon the Roman Emperor Julian, who in turn summoned the gods and philosophers of ancient Greece, declaring the freedom of belief and the plurality of deities. It is a journey of old power conflicts in the skies and on earth. It is a tale of a society whose members are on the steps of the ruling ladder linking heaven to earth. It's the story of a theater company exiled and isolated as its members are trained on obedience, for they might subordinate.
*Lucena is a village in Cordoba, which was mostly populated by Jews, the Arab philosopher Averroes was exiled there after he was tried by the caliph al-Mansur who ordered that his books be burnt. The origin of the word in Hebrew is "Eli Hochana" which means "May God protect us".
Presentation dates and locations:
Performed in Beirut at Monnot Theatre, January 2013, in Skien, Norway at Ibsen Theater within the Ibsen Award Ceremony 2013, and in India in ITFOK - International Theater Festival of Kerala, 2015.
Based on: Emperor and Galilean by Henrik Ibsen.
Directed by: Junaid Sarrieddeen
Dramaturgy by: Junaid Sarrieddeen and Omar Abi Azar
Performed by: Lamia Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Ali Chahrour, Danya Hammoud Maya Zbib and the crew
Assistant Director: Joseph Kaï
Scenography by: Nathalie Harb
Scenography Assistant: Ghassan Halawani
Light design by: Kobayashi
Costume design: Raya Morcos
Live percussion by: Khaled Yassine
Illustration by: Ghassan Halawani
Producers: Ahmad Ghossein, Rana Issa and Helle Siljeholm
Co-Produced by: Ibsen Awards 2012