Shifting Perspectives

Jogging – Theatre in Progress

By Hanane Hajj Ali (Beirut)
Shifting Perspectives

Jogging – Theatre in Progress

Jogging – Theatre in Progress

© Marwan Tahtah

  • 1h 20, no interval
  • In Arabic with German and English surtitles

Past Dates

Artist Talk following the performance
Moderation Lydia Ziemke
In English

Alone in a tiny space, Medea stands before us. Or does she? What does she have to tell us? In her native Lebanon, there are no theatres where actor and theatre maker Hanane Hajj Ali would be able to tell this story without restraint. So she uses venues like galleries and coffee-houses as a forum for dialogue and communication on the contradictions of life in Lebanese society. In an intimate atmosphere, her stage character addresses her dreams and passions, her hopes and disappointments, her character and role models with great force and energy. She tells us how she works out daily to avoid osteoporosis, depression and obesity, while executing exercises on stage that allow for a wide range of interpretations. These work-outs have contradictory effects: The dopamine and adrenaline stimulated in her body reflect what the performer witnesses in her home city of Beirut every day: They destroy to reconstruct and reconstruct to destroy. Hanane Hajj Ali plays engagingly with identities, mythology and realistic elements, embodying various aspects of the character of Medea which link her to her own roles of woman, wife and mother: an ensemble of performative disruptions which the artist masters with great virtuosity.

Concept, Text and Performance Hanane Hajj Ali
Art Direction and Scenography Eric Deniaud
Lighting Design Sarmad Louis
Technical Director James Chehab
Coordination Marielise Aad
Book Design Danielle Kattar
Dramaturgy Abdullah al Kafri
Surtitles Dina Kobrosly

AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
In cooperation with: Heinrich Böll Stiftung - MENA Office (Beirut), Embassy of Switzerland in Beirut, The British Council

Support: SHAMS Association, Collectif Kahraba, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource), Moussem (BE), Zoukak / Focus Liban 2016, artasfoundation, l’Institut Français du Liban, VATECH, Khalil Wardé SAL.