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Zoukak Studio , beirut, Lebanon
On 25, 26 and 27 January, Zoukak Studio hosts performances of "Jogging" by Hanane Hajj Ali in collaboration with Abdullah al Kafri and Eric Deniaud.
Entrance is free of charge, but reservations are required due to limited seating. You will be requested to buy the book "Jogging".
Donations upon reservation are appreciated and will go for the support of Zoukak Studio and "Jogging" performance.
For reservations and donations: Ihjoz
Reservations can also be made at Khoury Home branches
Zoukak Studio bar will be open before and after the performance, so show up early or stick around after the performance for a drink with Zoukak and "Jogging" teams.
Hanane, a fifty-something year old Lebanese actress and citizen, exercises daily to avoid osteoporosis, obesity and depression. She takes walks in her secluded, personal space, and in the open space of Beirut. Along the way she revisits dreams, desires, hopes, disillusions, characters, and roles – mostly several Medeas with whom she shares some commonalities.
The effects of this daily routine are contradictory. As a matter of fact, two hormones are stimulated in her body, Dopamine and Adrenalin that are alternatively destructive and constructive, amidst a city that destroys to build and builds to destroy.
Alone on a bare stage, Hanane – woman, wife and mother – lifts the veil on her identity, becoming an « unveiled » performer on stage, where personas progressively parade to fit together like Russian dolls.
Concept, text, staging, and performance: Hanane Hajj Ali
Artistic direction and scenography: Eric Deniaud
Dramaturgy : Abdullah al Kafri
Light designer for international tour: Sarmad Louis
Light designer for local tour: Rayyan Nihawi
Technical director: Karam Abou Ayache
Sound: Wael Kodeih
Costumes: KALABSHA (Louloua Abdel Baki)
Graphic design: Danielle Kattar
Coordination: Marielise Aad
English translation: Hassan Abdulrazzak
French translation: Praline Gay Para
Zoukak Theater Company, created in 2006, is a non-hierarchical structure, dedicated to theatre practice as a social and political involvement, with a belief in theatre as a space for common reflection and in collectivity as a position against marginalizing systems.
Zoukak's productions are created in series of common research raising questions around certain themes: gender -"Silk Thread" (2012), religion and power - "Lucena: Obedience Training" (2013), Lebanese history - "Perform Autopsy" (2013) and "Heavens" (2014), death and immortality - "He Who Saw Everything" (2015) and "Death Comes Through the Eyes" (2014), childhood and violence - "School Acts" (2014), "Organs Tissue and Candy Games" (2014) and "Innocent Violence" (2016), Migration - "The Battle Scene" (2015) among others… Their work has been shown in several cities in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Africa and South Asia (MUCEM museum, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance, The New York Public Library, Ibsen Center, ITFOK, The Battersea Arts Center, The Southbank Center…).
They have been commissioned by international festivals, theatres and universities to create original work: NYUAD's Performing Arts Center, UAE; Krefeld/Monchengladbach City Theaters, Germany; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center, University of Houston, Texas; Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei Mannheim, Williams College, Massachusetts; LIFT and The Royal Court Theatre, London among others. Zoukak members have participated in residencies, panels and given workshops and lectured at universities and in non-academic contexts, in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa.
In addition to that Zoukak has been working with marginalized communities across Lebanon for the last ten years (disabled children, women victims of domestic violence, incarcerated youths, individuals affected by war, including refugees…), applying theatre on various levels. The company developed a specific approach to psychosocial interventions of drama therapy and socially engaged theatre, providing workshops and training programs to diverse groups, and devising performances in different Lebanese regions and in various contexts locally and abroad, including Calais' migrants and refugee camp, in France and in refugee camps in Serbia.
Zoukak endeavours to develop an environment of dialogue and reflection around the performing arts in Lebanon and to provide artistic development and international touring opportunities for local artists. The company produces collaborations, residencies and events with international artists in the company's studio, curating since 2013 "Zoukak Sidewalks", an international performance platform and "Focus Liban" a showcase for the diffusion of work by local emerging artists.
Zoukak is three-time AFAC award grantee, in 2012 the company received the Ibsen Scholarship award and in 2014 the Anna Lindh Foundation's Euromed Dialogue Award for social resilience and creativity.