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  • by Mohammad Al Attar

    Direction OMAR ABUSAADA

    Damascus

  • Gymnase Paul Giéra

    Creation 2016

    Representation in Arab with French surtitles.

    Focus Middle East

    Running time 1h40

 

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While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

While I was waiting © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • Having disappeared and been severely beaten after trying to go through one of the many checkpoints that dot Damascus, Taim reappears at the hospital, unconscious. Doctors call his family, and the accident forces them to confront painful realities and buried revelations. After surviving the tragic death of the father and the scandal it unveiled, Taim's family seems incapable of facing his coma without going through profound mutations. From his deep slumber, the young man watches as the various members of his family visit him and, joining his voice to theirs, tells us about the upheaval in their everyday lives, and about the changes that have struck the Syrian capital, now become strange and cruel. To research this play about the omnipresence of absence, Omar Abusaada met families facing the tragedy of a loved one's coma as well as doctors, in order to understand the mechanisms and uncover the mysteries of this strangest of states. With writer Mohammad Al Attar, the director imagined this fable that weaves together different levels of consciousness, a thinly-veiled metaphor for the state of his country, “neither alive nor dead, this grey zone somewhere between hope and despair,” but also for his dreams of a political theatre “whose values failed to become real when it was still possible.” Theatre as an act of resistance, to question again what fiction can do, without ever giving up on chronicling History.

    Omar Abusaada
    Omar Abusaada studied at the Drama School of Damascus, his hometown. Spurred on by his professors, who were then developing new methods based on international creation, he built his own vision of a politically- and socially-conscious theatre. Working as a playwright and director, he co-founded in 2002 the group Studio Theatre, whose first show, Insomnia, premiered in 2004. He then directed El affich (2006), Forgiveness—based on improvisations with a group of inmates from a youth detention centre—Almirwad wa almikhala (2009), Look at the streets ... this is what hope look like (2011), Could You Please Look into the Camera? (2012), Intimacy and Syria Trojan women (2013), Antigone of Shatila (2014). He spent years travelling the remotest regions of Syria, Egypt, and Yemen, performing on marketplaces shows that were so many pretexts to talk with the villagers, who sometimes joined the actors onstage. Since then, he has created shows that bring together the Syrian dramatic tradition and new practices, like contemporary writing or documentary theatre.

    Mohammad Al Attar
    A writer and playwright born in Damascus in 1980, Mohammad Al Attar has written for many magazines and newspapers, focusing recently on the Syrian uprising. He met Omar Abusaada in 2007, which led to their first experience with a form of documentary theatre. Alongside his activity as a playwright, he uses theatre to lead projects with minority groups throughout the Arab world. His plays have been performed in Damascus, London, New York, Seoul, Berlin, Brussels, Edinburgh, Tunis, Athens, and Beirut. Several of them have been translated into English.

  • Distribution

    Direction Omar Abusaada
    Text and dramaturgy Mohammad Al Attar
    Stage design Bissane Al Charif
    Lights Hasan Albalkhi
    Video Reem Al Ghazzi
    Music Samer Saem Eldahr (Hello Psychaleppo)

    With Mohamad Al Refai, Mohammad Alarashi, Fatina Laila, Nanda Mohammad, Amal Omran, Mouiad Roumieh

    Production

    Co-production Festival d'Avignon, Napoli Teatro Festival, AFAC Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Pôle Arts de la scène - Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille), Theater Spektakel (Zürich), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athènes), Vooruit (Gent), La Bâtie Festival de Genève, Les Bancs publics - Festival Les Rencontres à l'échelle (Marseille), Festival d'Automne at Paris
    With the help of La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Tarmac (Paris), Montévidéo Marseille
    In partnership with RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya 

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On tour

  • Paris
  • from 12-10-2016
    to 15-10-2016
  • Le Tarmac