Extra Activities At the festival:
This year's participants:
(The Maids) الخادمتان
(The Darkness) الظلمة
Dance on Film:
Three dance films: We Might As Well, Snowscape and Salt in My Nose explore the fascinating bridge between movement, space and time.
Directed by Wafa’a Céline Halawi.
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” Nietzsche.
(The Auction Market) سوق المزاد
(A Crime in a Hospital) جريمة في مستشفى
(Lines from Egypt's Diaries) سطور من دفاتر مصر
Six Characters in Search of an Author
(He Who Is Born Is Stuck) يللي خلق علق
(The Chairs) الكراسي
The Arab Theatre Training Centre (ATTC) in collaboration with LAU Department of Communication Arts
Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatreconducted by Ms. Sahar Assaf
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 24th, 2012 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The workshop is an introduction to Forum Theatre, the main technique ofthe Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by the Brazilian director and scholar Augusto Boal
The workshop is open to LAU Senior Communication Arts students and students from other Lebanese universities.Interested students please sign your name at LAU Drama Ofﬁce (Fine Arts bldg. 1st ﬂoor, room 102 – Tel: 01- 786464 Ext: 1172)
LAU joined the rest of the world on March 26 to celebrate World Theatre Day with replays of two student plays from earlier this year, one new student production, and the presentation of a visiting production, on the Beirut campus.
The event was an exercise for the students, says Dr. Mona Knio, associate professor in LAU’s Communication Arts Department that organized the event. Since LAU student plays show only once — and a lot of hard work goes into producing them — the event gave the students the opportunity to show their work again, and more importantly to improve, Knio explains.
First held in 1962 worldwide, World Theatre Day aims to bring together the international theater community. Every year, a figure in theater or outstanding in heart and spirit from another field shares a message about theater and international harmony. This year’s figure was Dame Judi Dench.
Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza
The replay of student theater production Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza was performed outside the Safadi Fine Arts Building in the morning.
The play is directed by LAU communication arts student Fuad Halwani, and based on a script written by English playwright Caryl Churchill in 2009.
It consists of seven scenes describing 70 years of events in recent Jewish history, including the Holocaust, Jewish immigration to Palestine, the creation of Israel, the expulsion of Palestinian Arabs, the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the dispute over water, the First Intifada, the building of the West Bank barrier, Palestinian suicide attacks, Hamas rocket attacks, and the 2008 bombings of Gaza.
Director Halwani uses ladders symbolically, as they are “a tool of elevation and progress — an upward transition; it is the mother and the soil we use to grow. If cultivated, the land is home, but when exploited the mutilation of the land is the only hope for survival.”
Nos Nseis, performed and directed by Ahmad Al Aydi, an LAU architecture student, and Ma’moun Frayji was presented on a special stage outside the Safadi Fine Arts Building, following the first play.
Nos Nseis is not an LAU student production, but produced by Al Jana – Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts, with which Al Aydi and Frayji have worked for years.
The performance at LAU was a part of a series of plays about the character “Nos Nseis,” which means mini person in Arabic. The character uses comedy to talk to usually young audiences about school, friends, and accepting differences. The play presented at LAU focused on the dangers of peer pressure, cigarette smoking and drugs.
The taboos addressed in the play are similar to those found in Lebanese society according to director Salman, who says “issues of sexuality and incest are never discussed and are therefore hidden forever.”
The replay of student production The Lesson was performed outdoors in the evening, in front of the Irwin Hall arches.
Written by absurdist Eugene Ionesco, The Lesson is about a girl who tries to get a doctorate degree by taking a lesson in mathematics and philology. It ends with a tragedy because the communication between the student and teacher fails.
LAU student Soha Shukayr, who directed the play, aims to show her audience that we see absurdity every day, specifically pointing out the way those in power proclaim freedom of speech, but in reality they only want their opinions to be adopted.
The audience enjoys The Lesson outdoors.
Courtesy of www.lau.edu.lb
On the occasion of the World Theatre Day, four theatre productions will take place on Friday March 26, 2010 as such:
- Replay of the student production "Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza" written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Fuad Halwani outdoors in front of the Fine Arts Bldg at 11:00 am http://lautheatre.com/?p=1161
- A visiting production by Al Jana Foundation, "نص نصيص " (Nos Nseis) written, directed and performed by LAU Architecture student Ahmad Al Aydi with Ma'moun Frayji, outdoors in front of the Fine Arts Bldg at 11:50 am
- New student production"Dangerous Angels" written by Scott C. Sickles and directed by Layal Salman in Gulbenkian Theatre at 6:00 pm.
- Replay of the student production"The Lesson" written by Eugene Ionesco and directed by Soha Choucair in front of the Fine Arts Bldg at 6:45 pm http://lautheatre.com/?p=1182
Dame Judi Dench - Message 2010
World Theatre Day is an opportunity to celebrate Theatre in all its myriad forms. Theatre is a source of entertainment and inspiration and has the ability to unify the many diverse cultures and peoples that exist throughout the world. But theatre is more than that and also provides opportunities to educate and inform.
Theatre is performed throughout the world and not always in a traditional theatre setting. Performances can occur in a small village in Africa, next to a mountain in Armenia, on a tiny island in the Pacific. All it needs is a space and an audience. Theatre has the ability to make us smile, to make us cry, but should also make us think and reflect.
Theatre comes about through team work. Actors are the people who are seen, but there is an amazing set of people who are not seen. They are equally as important as the actors and their differing and specialist skills make it possible for a production to take place. They too must share in any triumphs and successes that may hopefully occur.
March 27 is always the official World Theatre Day. In many ways every day should be considered a theatre day, as we have a responsibility to continue the tradition to entertain, to educate and to enlighten our audiences, without whom we couldn’t exist.