Riding on a cloud
16 - 18 MAY 2017
Ticket 20,00 Euro
Ticket under 30/over 65/groups 15,00 Euro
students 10,00 Euro
Running time 65'
The theatre of Rabih Mroué weaves the personal with the political. Mroué’s artistic research moves between the visual arts, theatre and performance. He is one of a group of internationally acclaimed artists who have been active in Beirut since the nineties. His works, which have been presented at MoMA in New York, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at dOCUMENTA in Kassel, deal with memories of the civil war which tore Lebanon between 1975 and 1990.
With Riding on a cloud the director has invited his brother Yasser to play a character based on his real self. Yasser was wounded during the Lebanese civil war and lost his voice. Video recordings merge with memories retold on stage to create a subjective and personal picture of Lebanon’s political history. Riding on a cloud describes the fragile making of a biography which combines political events, memories, facts and fiction. This is Rabih Mroué’s starting point for an artistic reflection that materialises in stage works or installation projects.
Rabih Mroué was born in Beirut and currently lives in Berlin. He is a director, actor, dramaturg and visual artist. His artistic work has roots in the theatre but extends to videos and installations, often comprising photographs and texts. He collaborates with journals such as The Drama Review /TDR (New York) and Kalamon (Beirut) and is co-founder of the Beirut Art Center. Since 2013 he has been a researcher at the International Research Center: Interweaving Performance Cultures/FU/Berlin. He is the director of Münchner Kammerspiele. Among his works are: Ode to Joy (2015), Riding on a cloud, (2013), 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012), The Pixelated revolution (2012), The Inhabitants of images (2008), Who’s Afraid of Representation (2005). He has presented his art internationally at prestigious venues, including MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid, The ICP Triennial in New York, the SALT museum in Istanbul.
Performance by Rabih Mroué
written and directed by Rabih Mroué
with Yasser Mroué
in collaboration with Sarmad Louis
assistant Petra Serhal and Dina Khouri
english translation Ziad Nawfal
language Arabic with English subtitles
with the support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Prins Claus Fonds, Hivos & Stichting DOEN - (The Netherlands)
special thanks to Lina Saneh, Frie Leysen, Mroué's family (Souad, Ahmad, Ammar, Ziad, Maha, Mazen, Nabil and Fatima Bazzi), Ahlam Awada, Samar Maakaroun, Janine Broud, Karma and Nadi Louis
Acknowledgements: Hito Steyerl, Manal Khader, Eric Baudelaire, Paul Khodr, Lamia Joreige, Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Fariba Derakhshani, Mohamad Hojeiry, Matthias Lilienthal, Ali Zuraik, Louis Family, Petra Serhal, Hagop Derghougassian, Ziad Mroué, Christine Tohmé and Ashkal Alwan