The Math Book To Nour Bazakadi
15.02 – 16.02.2019
The Math Book is a schoolbook that Hiba Alansari found in a destroyed house in northern Syria in 2014; it belonged to the young girl Nour Bazakadi, who died during a bombardment.
The Math Book is a notebook in which the artist uses everyday objects such as kitchen utensils to construct irrational mathematical comparisons.
The Math Book is a collection of sculptural forms in cement and sponge, designed to encapsulate the moment of an explosion.
This project is an installation and performance that explores human relationships with places, bombardments and death.
Installation & performance Hiba Alansari
Mayer Alexane & Hoor Malas
Three Seconds alludes to the average length of a dream; that intense, condensed moment of emotions and memories, of multiple faces and details. We regard the dream as our only truly private and secret place, where conscience turns a blind eye and space is created for magical, filmic scenarios full of repressed desires, old memories and everyday details. This performance is an invitation to journey through the narrow and intimate corridors of the performer’s mind, towards her dreams.
director Mayar Alexan | choreographer & performer Hoor Malas | music Smokable (Hypnotize, Lau) – Yakuzan (Alharayek) | photography Ahmad Al Trabolsi | film Alaa AboFarraj
Waël Ali & Chrystele Khodr
In an old family home in Beirut, an audio cassette is found in amongst a heap of abandoned objects. A cassette from 1976, a time when Lebanon was in the throes of civil war. The owners have left, fleeing the violence. On the recordings we hear the voices of migrants who have just arrived in Europe. Based on this ‘found object’, Waël Ali and Chrystèle Khodr examine the stories and traces of survivors and explore a migration history that runs from the Ottoman Empire at the start of the 20th century to the Europe of the 2000s. Against the backdrop of the current war in Syria, they tell a story of exile as a shared history. The story of children who see their native cities collapse and slowly disappear behind them.
concept & text Chrystèle Khodr & Waël Ali | direction Waël Ali with Hassan Al Balkhi, Waël Ali, Chrystèle Khodr, Khaled Yassine | set design Bissane Al Charif | music Khaled Yassine | light design Hasan Al Balkhi | video Toni Geitani | production Festival Sens Interdits | co-production Zoukak Theater Company & Cultural Association (Liban), Institut Français de Beyrouth (Liban), Les Subsistances, laboratoire international de création artistique (Lyon), Festival Les Rencontres à l’échelle, Les Bancs Publics (Marseille) | support Les Subsistances, laboratoire international de création artistique, la DRAC Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes, de Mophradat, de l’AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts et Culture), Ettijahat et le Goethe-Institut du Liban et de l’Institut Français à Beyrouth, l’Office National de Diffusion Artistique, la SPEDIDAM, le Tandem Scène Nationale (Douai) | residency Théâtre des Asphodèles