Milo Rau in Conversation with Junaid Sarieddeen (Zoukak)
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Zoukak Studio , Beyrouth, Lebanon
Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:
Milo Rau in Conversation with Junaid Sarieddeen (Zoukak)
Sunday 4 November at 9:00 p.m. at Zoukak Studio, Beirut
A public conversation with director Milo Rau about his movie: The Congo Tribunal
The conversation will be in English but a live translation in Arabic will be provided if needed.
Milo Rau was called by critics “the most influential“ (DIE ZEIT), “most awarded“ (Le Soir), “most interesting“ (De Standaard) or “most ambitious“ (The Guardian) artist of our time: The Swiss director and author Milo Rau (born 1977), artistic director of the NTGent beginning in the season 2018/19. Rau studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich under Pierre Bourdieu and Tzvetan Todorov, among others. Since 2002, he has put out over 50 plays, films, books and actions. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d'Avignon, the Venice Biennale Teatro, the Wiener Festwochen and the Brussels Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide. Rau has received many honours, most recently the Peter-Weiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI Prize, as youngest artist ever after Frank Castorf and Pina Bausch. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted "Acting Director of the Year" in the critics' survey conducted by the Deutsche Bühne. Rau is also a television critic, lecturer and a very productive writer.
The IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder, based in Switzerland and Germany, was founded by Milo Rau in 2007 for the creation and international utilization of his theatre productions, actions and films. Since its founding, IIPM has focused on the multimedia treatment of historical and sociopolitical conflicts, bringing to the stage such topics as the execution of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu (“The Last Days of the Ceausescus”), the Rwandan genocide (“Hate Radio”) and the Norwegian terrorist Anders B. Breivik (“Breivik’s Statement”). Another performance project enacted a battle with a Swiss town parliament over the right of foreigners to vote (“City of Change”). In spring 2013, IIPM brought a completely new theatre format to life with two multi-day judicial spectacles (“The Moscow Trials” and “The Zurich Trials”). Most recently, IIPM has created a sensation with its internationally celebrated productions “Five Easy Pieces” (2016), “General Assembly” (2017) and “The Repetition” (2018).
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.