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  • Ahmed El Attar

    Le Caire

  • > Gymnase du lycée Aubanel

    Creation 2018

    Representation in Arabic with French surtitles

    Running time 1h15

  • When the central place of the mother is also a hereditary mechanism of enslavement.

 

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Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Mama © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • When men are only passing through, women remain. And in this bourgeois living room in Cairo, they take up all the space. As a place that serves at once to protect family intimacy and to welcome visitors from the outside, this ordinary location provides Ahmed El Attar with countless combinations to express the symbolic and physical imprisonment of the Arab woman and of her children. With Mama, he paints an unforgiving portrait of the mother, made monstrous by her limitless love, and uses his thirteen characters and this living room to expose the audience to a miniature society made up of alternating relationships of power. Each is at the service of the others, and lets him- or herself be buried under things left unsaid. With this play—the last in a trilogy about family—the director dares to shift our point of view on the mother, too often seen as an untouchable object to honour and cherish, in order to make her the mistress of her own destiny, and more largely to explore her responsibility in our time of crisis. Because loving too much or badly has never led to more freedom...

    Ahmed El Attar
    At once a performer, director, and playwright, Ahmed El Attar tirelessly works on moving the lines of our understanding and always bases his work on reality in order to change our perception of it. His shows find their central questions and storylines in modern Arab society and always focus on oppression, in particular in a family environment, to shine a new light on the habitual. Beyond his work as an artist, Ahmed El Attar is very active in Cairo's cultural scene, where he founded and directs a training centre as well as the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival.

  • Distribution

    With Belal Mostafa, Teymour El Attar, Menha El Batrawy, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Mohamed Hatem, Noha El Kholy, Ramsi Lehner, Seif Safwat , Nanda Mohammad, Hadeer Moustafa, Dalia Ramzi, Heba Rifaat, Mona Soliman, Menna El Touny

    Text and direction Ahmed El Attar
    Music Hassan Khan
    Stage design and costumes Hussein Baydoun
    Lights Charlie Alstrom

    Production

    Production Orient productions, Temple Independent Theater Company
    Coproduction Tamasi Performing Arts Network, MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis Bobigny / Festival d'Automne à Paris, Festival d'Avignon, Le Liberté Scène nationale de Toulon, Maison de la Culture de Bourges Scène nationale
    With the support of  Agence suédoise de coopération internationale
    au développement, Studio Emad Eddin Foundation
    In partnership with France Médias Monde

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On tour

  • Brest
  • from 14-05-2019
    to 15-05-2019
  • Le Quartz
  • Bobigny
  • from 11-10-2018
    to 14-10-2018
  • MC93

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