After Franz Kafka
Tue, September 3, 2019
Al Madina Theatre
As part of MISHKAL 2019
“I’m in a fix, but I’ll work myself out of it again. Don’t make things more difficult for me than they already are. Speak up on my behalf!”
Waking up one morning, Kafka’s protagonist Gregor Samsa finds himself transformed into an unfamiliar creature. Unable to leave his room or get to work, his perspective is forever changed.
What does Gregor's story of metamorphosis mean in Lebanon today? A group of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian young people between 15 and 20 years old, united in their sense of living in a place where they do not fit, interprets Kafka’s novella for their time, in their place, in their words.
A love of the sea, racism in schools and exclusion from work, taking refuge from daily life on social media – these are interweaving stories offering a glimpse into the lives of the group members, each one of them either growing up with refugee status or growing up without parents.
They came together for the first time to build this production from scratch over 10 weeks. The choice of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis came from their stories, rather than being imposed from the start. Co-directed by Lama Amine and Victoria Lupton of theatre and arts organization Seenaryo, the production seeks to unlock the urgent voices of young people too often silenced.
A project of Goethe-Institut Libanon in cooperation with Seenaryo, with the support of Intersos, Social Welfare Institutions - Dar al Aytam al Islamiya, UNHCR, and Yaabad Scout Troupe.
Participants: Ahmed Asfar, Abed el Jalil Dahshe, Farah Hendawi, Hanan Hendawi, Rania Jamal, Mohamed Kaw, Fatima Naiim, Ahmed Takreti, Samer Zaher, Amina Sahloul, Ahmed Daifallah, Baneen Sahloul, Tasneem Rajoub, Sara Sahloul
Co-Directors: Lama Amine and Victoria Lupton
Set design: Ghida Hashisho
Video on Future TV
Video on Syria TV
Article on L´Orient le Jour
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