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Performance: Illusions

Timedate16 Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 21:00 to 22:00

Venue16 Zoukak Studio , Beirut, Lebanon


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Zoukak Studio

1st floor, Saloumi Building, Corniche du fleuve
Beirut, Lebanon


At the intersection of Bourj Hammoud and Mar Mikhael, the center where Naggiar Factory is located, above Factory Adam for vinegar and salt.
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Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:

By Carlos Chahine
Saturday 10 of November 2018 at 9:00 p.m. at Zoukak Studio, Beirut

Tickets: 25,000 L.L.
Tickets available at and at the door
Free Entry for students (upon presenting their Student ID), unemployed citizens, migrant domestic workers and people working in the artistic field (artists, technicians, administrators...). Those benefiting from the free entry are asked to show at the venue 30 minutes before the start of the event.

« Hello. I want to tell you about a married couple. These were wonderful human beings. They lived together for fifty-two years. Fifty-two years! Always together. Their life was complete. A fulfilling life! Extraordinarily beautiful love. Her name was Sandra, his was Denny… »
This is how the play Illusions begins. Four actors share the stories of two old couples, their love and eventually, their death. They tell us about a past they have never known as if it were their own, and as if they themselves had lived those love stories. Are they inventing it all? Are they imagining their own future? Are they sending hidden messages to each other? This is a play about love, desire, and loss. The « Illusions » that make us human and so fragile.

Writer: Ivan Viripaev
Director: Carlos Chahine
Assistant director: Joyce Abou Jaoudé
Light design: Pol Seif
Set design (scenography): Ghida Hachicho
Actors: Serena Chami, Wissam Fares, Carole Hajj, Joseph Zeitouny
Translation into Lebanese (Arabic): Joseph Zeitouny

Artist's Biography
Carlos Chahine left Lebanon for France in 1975 due to the civil war. He enlisted in the ENSAD acting session of the TNS (National Theater of Strasbourg), and worked under the direction of prestigious directors such as Matthias Langhoff, Sylviu Purcarete, Alain Françon, Michel Vinaver, Christian Rist, Philippe Adrien, Stuart Seide, Philippe Van Kessel, and others. In 2008 he came back to Lebanon to make his first film The North Road, which won a number of international awards. Since, Carlos often returns to Beirut to direct several plays, such as God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, and Dinner with friends by Donald Margulies. He has also directed a documentary/essay, Chekhov in Beirut, and recently completed a short film The Gambler’s Son coproduced by France 2.

أرصفة زقاق - المهرجان ٢٠١٨يقدّم:

عرض مسرحي
كارلوس شاهين
السبت ١٠ تشرين الثاني الساعة ٩:٠٠ مساءً في استديو زقاق

البطاقات: ٢٥،٠٠٠ ل.ل
البطاقات متوافرة عبر موقع وعند مدخل الاستديو
الدخول مجاني للطلاب (عند إبراز بطاقة الطالب) و لعاملات المنازل المهاجرات وللمواطنين العاطلين عن العمل وللعاملين في مجال الفن (فنانين، تقنيين، إدارة فنية...). الرجاء من المستفدين من الدخول المجاني، الحضور الى الموقع قبل نصف ساعة على الأقل من بدء العرض.

"مرحبا. بدي خبّركن عن كوبل مجوّز. كانوا ناس بجنّنوا. عاشوا مع بعض تنين وخمسين سنة. تنين وخمسين سنة! كل الوقت سوى. كانت حياتهن حلوة كتير. حياة غنيّة! حبّ كان مش طبيعي. هي كان اسمها ساندرا وهو داني."

هكذا تبدأ مسرحيّة "وهم". أربعة ممثلين يشاركون الجمهور قصة زوجين مسنين، يخبرونا عن حبهم وعن موتهم. يحدثونا عن ماضٍ لم يعرفوه كما لو كان ماضيهم، يتكلمون عن قصص حب، كما لو كانت قصص حبهم. هل هذه الحكايات من نسج خيالهم؟ هل يرسمون مستقبلهم؟ هل يتبادلون رسائل خفية؟
هذه مسرحية عن الحب والرغبة والفقدان، عن الأوهام، عن حال الإنسان الهشة. 

فريق العمل

كتابة: إيفان فيريبايف
إخراج: كارلوس شاهين
مساعد مخرج: جويس أبو جودة
تصميم إضاءة: بول سيف
سينوغرافيا: غيدا حشيشو
أداء: سيرينا الشامي، وسام فارس، كارول الحج، جوزيف زيتونة
ترجمة نص للغة العربية: جوزيف زيتونة/

عن كارلوس شاهين
دفعت الحرب الاهلية كارلوس شاهين بالسفر إلى فرنسا عام ١٩٧٥. تسجل في  دورات التمثيل في الـ ENSAD  التابعة للمسرح الوطني في ستراسبورغ. عمل تحت إشراف مخرجين مرموقين منهم ماتياس لانغوف وسيلفيو بوركاريت وألان فرانسون وميشال فينافير وكريستين ريست وفيليب أدريان وستيورات سيد وفيليب فان كيسيل.
عاد إلى لبنان عام ٢٠٠٨ حيث كتب ومثّل وأخرج فيلمه القصير الأول بعنوان "طريق الشمال"، الذي حصد عدة جوائز عالمية. يعمل كارلوس بين بيروت وباريس، في رصيده العديد من الأعمال المسرحية، منها "مجزرة"، وهو مستوحى من نص مسرحي للكاتبة الفرنسية ياسمينا ريزا بعنوان "إله المذبحة" Le Dieu du Carnage و"بستان الكرز" للكاتب المسرحي الروسي أنطون تشيخوف، و"العشاء مع الأصدقاء" للكاتب المسرحي الأميركي دونالد مارغوليس. أخرج الفيلم الوثائقي "تشيخوف في بيروت"، وأكمل مؤخراً إخراج فيلم قصير بعنوان "ابن المقامر" الذي شارك بإنتاجه قناة فرانس ٢.


Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural association

Zoukak Theater Company, created in 2006, is a non-hierarchical structure, dedicated to theatre practice as a social and political involvement, with a belief in theatre as a space for common reflection and in collectivity as a position against marginalizing systems.

Zoukak's productions are created in series of common research raising questions around certain themes: gender -"Silk Thread" (2012), religion and power - "Lucena: Obedience Training" (2013), Lebanese history - "Perform Autopsy" (2013) and "Heavens" (2014), death and immortality - "He Who Saw Everything" (2015) and "Death Comes Through the Eyes" (2014), childhood and violence - "School Acts" (2014), "Organs Tissue and Candy Games" (2014) and "Innocent Violence" (2016), Migration - "The Battle Scene" (2015) among others… Their work has been shown in several cities in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Africa and South Asia (MUCEM museum, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance, The New York Public Library, Ibsen Center, ITFOK, The Battersea Arts Center, The Southbank Center…).

They have been commissioned by international festivals, theatres and universities to create original work: NYUAD's Performing Arts Center, UAE; Krefeld/Monchengladbach City Theaters, Germany; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center, University of Houston, Texas; Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei Mannheim, Williams College, Massachusetts; LIFT and The Royal Court Theatre, London among others. Zoukak members have participated in residencies, panels and given workshops and lectured at universities and in non-academic contexts, in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa.

In addition to that Zoukak has been working with marginalized communities across Lebanon for the last ten years (disabled children, women victims of domestic violence, incarcerated youths, individuals affected by war, including refugees…), applying theatre on various levels. The company developed a specific approach to psychosocial interventions of drama therapy and socially engaged theatre, providing workshops and training programs to diverse groups, and devising performances in different Lebanese regions and in various contexts locally and abroad, including Calais' migrants and refugee camp, in France and in refugee camps in Serbia.

Zoukak endeavours to develop an environment of dialogue and reflection around the performing arts in Lebanon and to provide artistic development and international touring opportunities for local artists. The company produces collaborations, residencies and events with international artists in the company's studio, curating since 2013 "Zoukak Sidewalks", an international performance platform and "Focus Liban" a showcase for the diffusion of work by local emerging artists.

Zoukak is three-time AFAC award grantee, in 2012 the company received the Ibsen Scholarship award and in 2014 the Anna Lindh Foundation's Euromed Dialogue Award for social resilience and creativity.

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