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. This season, we are inviting artists from Damascus, Syria to join our team as part of the Open Border Ensemble and engage with the cultural life of the city for at least ten months. Their experiences will be at the core of two productions: one by the German director Jessica Glause and another by the Argentinian director Lola Arias. They will map new emotional geographies and challenge the labelled roles imposed on artists coming from countries in war. Within the current context of crises, migration, exile and violence, the aim is to forge a new experiential collaborative path by resisting borders and artist(ic) isolation. This project initiates a transnational theatre, giving space to different narratives from cultural and socio-political contexts to emerge, be shared and negotiated in the democratic, open, and analytical setting theatre offers.

Contact: krystel.khoury@kammerspiele.de

Funded by

Miunikh Damaskus in cooperation with

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.

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.

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.

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.

May Al Hares

Born in 1986 in Damascus. With Palestinian roots, May was a national gymnast champion (beam & floor) and medals winner – “Gold” in 2007 at Syrian Woman Championship. After an injury, she turned to dance performing in operettas, ceremonies for international events and musicals in Syria and other Arab countries. Since her arrival to Europe in 2015, May has been enriching her dance experience through out artistic projects. In 2017, she assisted Avâtara Ayuso workshops at Hellerau Europäisches Zentrum der Künste in Dresden with the support of Ifa CrossCulture Programme.

Projects of the Open Border Ensemble

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

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