Non-academic lecture in English by Rabih Mroué


In October 2015, at the beginning of the first season under the artistic direction of Matthias Lilienthal, Rabih Mroué put on his first production for the Münchner Kammerspiele. Based on the attack on the Israeli delegation during the Olympic Games in 1972, the native Lebanese playwright, performer and director responded to the question of which routes have been taken since then by politically motivated terrorism and militant liberation movements in the Middle East. What does it mean when a radical group exploits the world’s attention on a sports event and hijacks media images for its own ends? Has this historically failed strategy found its dystopian end in the attacks of September 11 or ISIS videos of beheadings? In February, “Ode To Joy” can be seen for the last in Munich. At the same time a new production by Rabih Mroué will be added to the repertoire: “Rima Kamel”, which celebrates its premiere on the 9 February. This is a fitting occasion for the Münchner Kammerspiele to honour Mroué’s work with a retrospective that goes back to his beginnings in the early ’90s. His oeuvre, which is clairvoyant and possesses an analytical precision and visionary power, alternates imperceptibly between fiction and reality while rendering visible the political and cultural changes in the world as a struggle over images. We will be showing five of his theatre productions, including – for the first time in Munich – classics like “Looking For A Missing Employee”, but also “So Little Time”, a small, very poetic work, which was produced last summer for the Wiesbaden Biennale to great acclaim from the audience and critics. The retrospective will be completed by a three-part series with non-academic lecture performances ushering Rabih Mroué into the more intimate setting of the Dachkammer.

„On Three Posters“ (2004) is based on found footage of video testimony recorded by members of the Lebanese Communist Party prior to embarking on their suicide missions. Shortly before his death in 1985, Jamal Salti, a suicide bomber fighting the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon (1982 - 2000), rehearsed his video testimony in four takes that show only minor differences. This is the point of departure for thoughts on the tension between fundamental human traits and the heroic representation of martyrdom. Mroué’s analysis focuses on a moment of hesitation in one of the unused takes and reveals how the reception of this work has shifted in a post 9/11 geopolitical landscape since its original performance as Three Posters with Elias Khoury in the year 2000.

Language: English
Duration: around 45 min.
Translated to English by Mona Abou Rayyan
Produced by Ayloul Festival

Part of Image War Machine – “Werkschau” Rabih Mroué / February 09 – 15, 2017

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