The Open Border Ensemble

Of the season 2017/18

For years, the Münchner Kammerspiele have been collaborating extensively with theatre directors and teams from all over the world, investing in diversity and broadening cultural and aesthetic discourses. In 2017/2018 Season, we have invited performers from Syria and other artists to join our team as part of the Open Border Ensemble. Their experiences were at the core of Miunikh-Damaskus, a mobile theatre play by German director Jessica Glause and What They Want To Hear by Argentinian director Lola Arias and on-site project X-Shared Spaces. They extended the permanent ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspeile to include new aesthetic perspectives negotiated in the democratic, open, and analytical setting theatre offers as well as engaging with the cultural life of the city and the theatre. For the 2018-2019 season, their engagement will continue throughout different inclusive aspects of the new performances of the Münchner Kammerspiele. They will go in search of new stories, contributing to shaping new formats and theatrical languages towards a transnational theatre that curves a space for various narratives from foreign cultural and socio-political contexts. Against a backdrop of crises migration, exile and violence worldwide, The ensemble wants to open up new collaborative paths and oppose artistic isolation.

Artistic Director – Krystel Khoury: krystel.khoury@kammerspiele.de
Production manager – Julia Zehl: Julia.zehl@kammerspiele.de

The Open Border Ensemble 2017/2018 was funded with the support of

Miunikh Damaskus in cooperation with

Ensemble

Majd Feddah

Born in Latakiya in 1982, Majd holds a diploma from the High Institute for Dramatic Arts – Acting Department (2005). He worked as an assistant teacher at the HIDAD. Starting 2012, he played in several plays as part of the Damascus Theatre Lab. His own plays were invited to Arab theatre festivals (Tunisia, Algeria). Majd also features in Syrian feature films and TV series.

Currently On Stage

MIUNIKH – DAMASKUS (STORIES OF A CITY) / OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE

DIONYSOS STADT


Kinan Hmeidan

Born in Damascus in 1991, Kinan holds a Diploma from the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts – Acting Department (2014). Since he graduated, he tried to develop his acting skills through local theater workshops. He performed with independent Syrian directors (Oussama Ghanam, Samer Omran, Jihad Sa’eed). Kinan acted lately in Syrian feature films and TV Series. Besides his acting, Kinan is a talented DJ, organizing events within the underground damascene music scene.

Currently On Stage

WHAT THEY WANT TO HEARMIUNIKH – DAMASKUS (STORIES OF A CITY) / OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE

Previously On Stage

X SHARED SPACES: Route I – Neuaubing


Kamel Najma

Born in Damascus in 1974, Kamel holds a diploma from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts – Acting Department (2004) and a BA in French Literature (University of Damascus). His professional experience includes interactive theatre, puppetering, children theatre, physical theatre and other workshops with international theatre makers in Syria and abroad (France, Italy, Danemark). He acted in Syrian feature films. Kamel also worked for radio and in dubbing for foreign soap operas.

Currently On Stage

WHAT THEY WANT TO HEARMIUNIKH – DAMASKUS (STORIES OF A CITY) / OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE


Previously On Stage

X SHARED SPACES: Route III – Ludwigsvorstadt


Guests and Contributors

May Al Hares

Born in 1986. May, with Palestinian roots, was a national gymnast champion (beam & floor) and Gold and silver medal winner. After an injury, she turned to dance performing in operettas, ceremonies for international cultural events and musicals in Syria and other Arab countries. Since her arrival to Europe in 2015, May has been enriching her artistic experience through many projects. In 2017, she assisted choreographer Avâtara Ayuso workshops at Hellerau Europäisches Zentrum der Künste in Dresden with the support of Ifa CrossCulture Programme.

Currently On Stage

MIUNIKH – DAMASKUS (STORIES OF A CITY) / OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE


Jamal Chkair

Born in Swaida in 1976, Jamal hold a diploma from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts – Acting department (2003). He performed in many plays (Phedra, Don Quichotte etc.) also in Can you look at the camera? directed by O. Abu Saada. He participated in Théâtre du Soleil workshops and performed in Avignon Festival with Gilgamesh; Luminato Festival in Canada, Edinburgh International Theatre Festival with One Thousand and one night. Jamal featured also in Syrian films and TV series.

Currently On Stage

WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR


Raaed Al Kour

Born in Daraa in 1989, Raaed completed his B.A in Archeology from Damascus University (Syria), and Alexandria University (Egypt). He specialised in Near and Middle East Archeology, Mesopotamian and Ancient Syrian texts as well as restoration. He took part in different excavation missions in Syria before arriving in Germany where he continued his studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (München). Aside, Raaed is a short stories writer with a growing interest in playwriting. Since the beginning of 2018, he is performing his own story on the Münchner Kammerspiele stage in “What They Want To Hear” directed by Lola Arias.

Currently On Stage

WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR


Ruba Totah

Born in Palestine. 2016 Ruba Totah started her PHD research on ‘Syrian Artists Experiencing Refuge in Europe’ at Mainz University. She is part of the group "Transnational Social Support”. For ten years, she was a cultural manager in prominent palestinian organisations: Tamer Institute for Community Education, the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and Popular Art Centre. 2018 she was part of the Open Border Ensemble, working as a translator and interpreter.

Rabelle Erian

Born in Cairo Egypt, Rabelle Erian, moved in 2010 to Munich, Germany, to study Art and Multimedia, at the Ludwig Maximilian University. 2014 she started her studies in Documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film, Munich. 2017 she worked as an assistant and co-curator for the international film Festival and Videobiennale UNDERDOX. 2018 she was part of the Open Border Ensemble, working as a translator and interpreter.

Ramy El Borollossy

Dana Mikhail

Dana Mikhail is a performer and a member of bodyincrisis company. She has been performing with Lebanese, French and Syrian writers and directors. In 2013, she received the Best Actress Award at the IFAB Berlin for her role in "Sur Ton Sein", directed by Faraj Aoun. She performed for the Unspoken event at the Volksbühne Berlin, in Avo Kaprealian's presentation "The Last Announcement". She is currently working as a facilitator and translator at the Münchner Kammerspiele for "Macbeth", directed by Amir Reza Koohestani.

Projects of the Open Border Ensemble

13. Dec 18, 20:00 to 21:30 Hrs
Kammer 1

WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR

A PROJECT BY LOLA ARIAS WITH THE OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE. TEXT: LOLA ARIAS, IN COLLABORATION WITH RAAED AL KOUR / IN ARABIC, GERMAN AND ENGLISH WITH SURTITLES

19. Feb 18, 18:00 to 22:00 Hrs
Kammer 2

WELCOME CAFÉ

FOR REFUGEES AND LOCALS / به نوشیدن قهوه خوش آمدید // كافيه مرحباً

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