New Plays from the Arab World in NYC

   

This Week at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center:

Wednesday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m.:

The Royal Court's Elyse Dodgson and the International Playwrights Program

Please join us for a very special visit and presentation by Elyse Dodgson, Associate Director International for London's renowned Royal Court Theatre. Dodgson will discuss the Royal Court's International Playwrights program, which partners with and encourages the development of playwrights from around the world. Since 1993, theRoyal Court International Playwrights Program (supported by the Genesis Foundation) has fostered creative dialogue between innovative theatre writers and practitioners in countries including Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Spain, Syria and Uganda. Playwrights mentored by the Program early in their careers include Marius Von Mayenburg (Germany), Juan Mayorga (Spain), Vassily Sigarev (Russia), Rafael Spregelburd (Argentina), Marcos Barbosa (Brazil), and Anupama Chandrasekhar (India), among many others.

Thursday, April 29 at 4:30, 6:30 + 8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 30 at 4:30, 6:30 + 8:00 p.m.:

PEN World Voices: I Come From There– New Plays from the Arab World

A British Council/Royal Court Theatre Project, presented in New York in collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY, with additional support from the Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Join us for full readings of new plays by emerging playwrights from Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, and Palestine, all participants in the Royal Court Theatre's International Playwrights Program, plus panel discussions with the visiting playwrights, the British Council, and the Royal Court. Readings directed by Trip Cullman, Kareem Fahmy, Robert O'Hara, Lisa Peterson, and Meiyin Wang. Full schedule and details online at www.theSegalCenter.org, or click here for more information.

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY 
365 Fifth Ave at 34th St. 
Free! First come, first served.

Spring 2010 International / World Theatre Series also includes:

 
 

 

 

Peace of Women

by Lenin El-Ramly

Lenin El-Ramly was born in Egypt in 1945. El-Ramly is a comic dramatist who audaciously questions the social conventions, hypocrisies and bigotries of both Egyptian society and the Arab world. His work encompasses popular television dramas, experimental theatre, and an oeuvre of approximately 40 plays and 12 films. His dramatic techniques vary from farce and parodyto satire and the absurd. El-Ramly has been granted the Prince Claus Award for his emphasis on political satire and comedy, and for maintaining a balance between popular entertainment and serious social, political and ideological satire.

 

The Nightmare

by Lenin El-Ramly

Lenin El-Ramly was born in Egypt in 1945. El-Ramly is a comic dramatist who audaciously questions the social conventions, hypocrisies and bigotries of both Egyptian society and the Arab world. His work encompasses popular television dramas, experimental theatre, and an oeuvre of approximately 40 plays and 12 films. His dramatic techniques vary from farce and parodyto satire and the absurd. El-Ramly has been granted the Prince Claus Award for his emphasis on political satire and comedy, and for maintaining a balance between popular entertainment and serious social, political and ideological satire.

 

Last Performance

by Nabil Baghat

The LAST PERFORMANCE is a play within a play.  This structure directly reflects the system by which Eygpt, like most governments in the region, preoccupies its citizens with a higher and more distant cause (such as Palestine, Iraq, etc.), in order to divert the people from the governments' transgressions.  The play exposes the inner workings of this game, the negotiations between the government and the cultural/intellectual elite, journalists, etc.  
 
Last Performance is about a theatre group that is in the midst of a production about Palestine–time:   Judgement Day.  Everyone is dead. Mohammed Al Durra (the Mohamed of Mahmud Darwish's poem, a young Palestinian boy, one of the first casualties of the Intifada redux) is ruling over the people who killed him.  The  Producer, Sayed Al-Dollar (Mr. Dollar) stops the performance in the middle of Mohamed al Durra taking leadership.  The Producer insists on a performance with music, dance–in other words, a safe middle eastern strip tease.  The theatre group  resists and decide not to finish the Palestine show–and, instead, decide to tell their stories.  The actors lock everyone, the Producer and the audience inside the theatre. The Producer plays the role of the King, the Assistant Producer is the Prime Minister, and the chorus of actors "play" the citizens, as they re create, in a sort of fictionalized reality show, present day Egypt and the Arab world. Ultimately, the play examines the role of hate and the inability for the Arab citizen to fight for freedom.

 

Nabil Mohammad Bahgat Al Hidaya Abdel Fattah was born in Egypt in 1975. Bahgat received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Arabic Languages and Literature from Zagazig University and a PhD in Egyptian Theater from ZaqZiq University. Bahgat is an assistant professor of theatre criticism at Helwan University as well as the producing artistic director of the WAMDA Group. Publications include The Theatre of Egyptian Playwright Abadie Khairy:  An Anaylitcal Study, The Theatre of Egyptian Playwright  Abu Al-Seoud Al-Ebiary: An  Analytical Study and The Last Performance. Awards include the National Collegiate Award for Best Theatre Criticism, 2000, the National Collegiate Award for Best New Play, 2001 and the National Collegiate Award for Best Theatre Criticism, 2001. 

Baggage

by Fateh Azzam

A small, haunted memory play examining the relation between political and social fear. The TRAVELER is in the airport, where a voice gives the usual security announcements (if your bags are unattended, they will be destroyed) and some that are less conventional (Washington Dulles is at gate 12B, the future is at whatever gate you travel to, and love and liberty, well you have to find those gates before they close). When he is stopped and his bags are searched, he enters a reverie, sparked by the memory of how he got the bag. It was given to him by “the tall people in the white trucks who came to help us”—help them, for they were in the orchards being shot at. The traveler’s memory continues to expand, as he remembers moving from one cement building to another, his punishment for things he didn’t do, and his questions as to whether God will help his plight. He takes a gun from his bag and reminisces about his mother—remembering as a soldier writing home, how hard it is to carry a gun, but how he has no other options: without papers he cannot get a desk job. He seems overcome by an ideal of violence (his cousin loves to fight) but is finally torn. Snap back to the airport, where he cannot board the plane without giving up the bag—representing his memories, culture, childhood. He goes back and forth, but as the lights come down, he is still torn, unable to let go of the past in order to move to a more conventional future.

Fateh Azzam was born in 950 in Lebanon of Palestinian refugee parents. Azzam grew up in Syria and Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1966. Professional theater performer, choreographer, director and teacher from 1971-1987. Full time work has been in human rights and legal activism since then (a human rights curriculum vitae is available upon request). Have maintained some involvement in theater on an ongoing basis. Traveled extensively and lived in Syria, Lebanon, USA, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and in Egypt since 1998. . Fluent spoken and written English and Arabic, French stands at about 60 percent. US citizen. Married to Mary McKone, teacher and ceramic artist. Two children, Rami (20) and Haneen (16). Writing includes: · Baggage; a play in one act, in Dr. Salma Jayyusi, Editor, Short Arabic Plays: An Anthology (Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Books, 2003)· Ansar: The Play; written in workshop with Nidal Khatib, Ismail Dabbagh and Abed Ju’beh. In Dr. Salma Jayyusi, Editor, Short Arabic Plays: An Anthology (Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Books, 2003) · "Zoo Story: A New Reading into an Old Play" theater review, in Al-Quds, E. Jerusalem (Oct. 1995) (Arabic). · "Kafka on the West Bank: A Tourist's Guide to Curfews on the West Bank" (with George Giacaman) in Harper's Magazine (February 1995). · "Theater in Occupied Palestine" in al-Fajr English Weekly, E. Jerusalem (3-part series; July 1991).

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Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean

 

Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the MediterraneanXIII Edition, Alexandria, Egypt 25th November – 4th December 2007 Call for Participants 

From 25th November to 4th December 2007, the city of Alexandria will host the XIII Edition of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the BJCEM association, the Anna Lindh foundation, l’Atelier d’Alexandrie , and the Governorate of Alexandria, under the auspices of Mrs Susanne Mubarak and with the patronage of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation.

  

The theme of the Biennale

The chosen theme for the XIII edition of the Biennale 2007 is “Our Creative Diversity: kairos” (pronounced kairos). Kairos  is a Greek word meaning fit time, opportunity, a point in time where change is possible

 

The Biennale of Alexandria 2007 is organized in seven Artistic Areas, each of them includes several disciplines.

– Visual Arts (Plastic Arts, Photography, Installation, Performance, Video Art, Comic Strip, Cyber Art, Public Art)

– Applied Arts (Architecture, Visual/ Industrial/ Web design, Fashion, Digital Creations)

– Show (Theatre, Dance, Urban Acts)

– Literature (Writing, Poetry)

– Music (Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk/ Ethno, Contemporary, Digital, Dj's)

– Gastronomy

– Images on the Move (Film, Video, Animated Films)

 Participation requirements

  • Young artists from 18 to 30 years old can apply for the selection (born after January 1st, 1976).
  •  For the Show Area the age limit is 35 ( born after January 1st, 1971) for directors and choreographers. In the groups at least the 50% must be under 30 years old.
  • For theatre productions, the Juries will privilege the plays taken from scripts written by authors under 35 years old.
  • The artists selected for the past editions of the Biennale must not participate with a production in the same Artistic Area.

        

Quality, innovation and the extent to which the proposed theme Our Creative Diversity: Kairos is reflected,form the basic selection criteria for artists and their works.

All artistic media and forms, produced with whatever instruments and/ or techniques, are permitted/eligible.

 

In order to participate in the Call for participants, young artists should present the following materials:

– an artistic curriculum vitae, with the personal data of the artist or the members of the group

– a completed and signed application form (download from www.bjcem.org)

– a short description of the documentation presented

– documentation materials as specified for each discipline on the website.

 Application Deadline:The application forms along with the supplementary documents as listed in Article 7 above must be received before the 30th April 2007 to the following address: Arts CenterBibliotheca AlexandrinaEl ChatbyAlexandria 21526EGYPTe-mail : reem.kassem@bibalex.org 

For further information, please contact the Biennale Alexandria 2007 Office at : secretary@bjcem.org

 
 

       بينالي الفنانين
الشباب من دول أوروبا و البحر المتوسط الدورة الثالثة عشر
 بالإسكندرية25 نوفمبر – 4 ديسمبر 2007 دعوة للاشتراك  تستضيف مدينة الإسكندرية في المدة من 25 نوفمبر و حتى 4 ديسمبر 2007  الدورة الثالثة عشر لبينالي شباب المبدعين من دول أوروبا و حوض البحر المتوسط ، بتنظيم من الجمعية الدولية لبينالي BJCEM، محافظة الإسكندرية، مكتبة الإسكندرية  و أتيلييه الإسكندرية – جماعة الفنانين و الكتاب و بمساندة كوم بانيا دي سان باولو.  محور البينالىإن المحور الذي اخترناه للبينالي الثالث عشر لعام 2007 هو: "التعددية الإبداعية والكيروس" وكلمة الكيروس هذه الكلمة يونانية، و تعنى اللحظة السانحة أو الوقت المناسب أو اللحظة الزمنية التي يمكن فيها التغيير  ينقسم بينالي 2007 بالإسكندرية إلى سبعة مجالات إبداعية: ·       الفنون البصرية) الفنون التشكيلية والتصوير الضوئية والإنستاليشن وفنون العرض والفيديو آرت والكاريكاتير وفنون الإنترنت (.·       الفنون التطبيقية) الهندسة المعمارية، والتصميمات البصرية والصناعية وتصميم مواقع الإنترنت وتصميم الأزياء والإبداعات الرقمية (.·       الصور المتحركة) السينما والفيديو وأفلام التحريك (.·       فنون العرض) المسرح والرقص والأنشطة المدنية (.·       الأدب ) الكتابة والشعر (.·       الموسيقى ) الروك والبوب والجاز والموسيقى الشعبية أو الإثنية والموسيقى المعاصرة والموسيقى الرقمية وفنون الدي جي·        فن الطهو.  شروط الاشتراك

  • الاشتراك مفتوح أمام الفنانين اللذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 18 و30 عاما) أي الذين يقع تاريخ ميلادهم بعد 1 يناير 1976)
  • أما في مجال العروض فالحد الأقصى لعمر المخرجين ومصممي الرقصات هو 35 عاما أي يكون تاريخ ميلادهم بعد 1 يناير 1971
  •  وفي مجموعات العمل، لابد ألا يزيد عمر 50 % من المجموعة عن 30 عاما . وبالنسبة للعروض المسرحية فستعطى لجنة التحكيم الأولوية لنصوص الكتاب اللذين تقل أعمارهم عن 35 عاما
  • لا يحق للمبدعين اللذين اشتركوا في دورات سابقة للبينالي التقدم بإبداعات في نفس المجال الفني الذي اشتركوا فيه سابقاً .

 كيفية الاشتراكعلى المبدعين الشباب تقديم المواد التالية:سيرة ذاتية فنية تضم البيانات الشخصية الخاصة بالفنان أو بأعضاء الفرقة إن وجد .استمارة تقديم) يتم تنزيلها من موقع www.bjcem.org)وصف مختصر للمواد المرفقة .مواد مرفقة طبقا للتعليمات الواردة لكل مجال فني(المذكرة علي الموقع) . جميع المواد يجب إن تسلم بشكل رقمى . يجب أن تصلنا استمارات التقديم مرفقا بها المستندات الإضافية . المنصوص عليها بتاريخ أقصاه 30 إبريل 2007عنوان إرسال استمارات التقديم :مكتبة الإسكندريةمركز الفنون21526 الشاطبي – الإسكندرية جمهورية مصر العربية.البريد الإلكتروني: reem.kassem@bibalex.org لمزيد من المعلومات الاتصال بمكتب بينالي الإسكندرية 2007 secretary@bjcem.org