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So Little Time

Rabih Mroué

Beyrouth / Berlin l duration : 60' l performance in Arabic and French with Arabic and French surtitles

In an ironic take on current affairs and the codes of documentary theatre, Rabih Mroué tells the story of a Lebanese martyr and explores the notion of historical truth and the myths and icons fabricated by political communication.

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On a stage reminiscent of the darkroom of a press photographer, Lina Majdalanie, Rabih Mroué’s favourite actress, walks towards the audience to tell the story of Dib-Al-Asmar, a presumed martyr for whom a monument was erected, but who finally reappeared. From that moment on, his story is in crisis. Did he really exist?  What are we going to do with his statue? Who was buried in his stead? Working somewhere between fiction and documentary, the Lebanese director wryly explores History, its myths, the way it can be rewritten, and its relative truths. This work reminds us that in the Middle East “the living use death and people’s fascination with its symbols as a political weapon.”

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Where ? Friche la Belle de Mai - Petit Plateau

Entrance 1 : 41, rue Jobin, 3e
Entrance 2 : 12, rue François Simon, 3e
tel. 04 95 04 95 95 /

metro stop St Charles
tram 2 stop Longchamp
bus 49 and 52 stop Belle de Mai
bike terminal n°3321 - Belle de Mai Friche



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Écriture et mise en scène Rabih Mroué Interprétation Lina Majdalanie Collaboration à l’écriture Yousef Bazzi, Lina Majdalanie Scénographie Samar Maakaroun Graphisme et assistant à la direction artistique Abraham Zeitoun Assistant à la recherche Andrea Geissler Traduction française Nada Ghosn Musique Kari’atal-funjan - Abdel Halim Hafez (Composition Mouhamad Al Mouji Paroles Nizar Qabbani) Crédit photos Jeva Griskjane


Production Rabih Mroué Coproduction HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) ; Wiesbaden Biennale ; Théâtre de la Bastille - Festival d'Automne à Paris Soutien Kulturstiftung des Bundes - The German Federal Cultural Foundation

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