Silk Thread

"Silk Thread" is a site-specific performance investigating inherited social structures that define and shape gender stereotypes as identified through local mythologies, fairy tales, modern legends, contemporary stories and actual events. The performance invites the audience to witness acts and listen to stories drawing a fine line between the real and the imaginary. The fantasy of the tales and the violence of actuality converge to form one image, bringing our collective unconscious up close and aiming to reshuffle references and question certainties around gender dynamics. Through a re-appropriation of orally transmitted tales, interwoven with original texts, the performers will lead the audience across a panorama of characters borrowed from various archetypes of the male and female normative identities that reveal themselves through fiction and in reality.


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Performed in Beirut at Zicco House in May 2012, in Berlin at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse as part of “Voicing Resistance Festival” in June 2012 and during Minassa Platform in Beirut, October 2012, in India at the ITFOK - International Theater Festival of Kerala, in January 2016.


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Directed by: Maya Zbib

Dramaturgy and text by: Zoukak

Performers: Lamia Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Danya Hammoud, Junaid Sarrieddeen, and Maya Zbib

Assistant director: Ali Chahrour

Scenography by: Nathalie Harb and Maya Zbib

Light designer: Riccardo Clementi

Photography by: Randa Mirza

Graphic design and digital arts by: Maya Chami

Make-up designer: Stephanie Aznarez

Props maker: Ghina Sibahi

Produced by: Zoukak

Supported by: Zicco house, the British Council and the French Institute in Lebanon