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D-Sisyphe / décisif: Constructing a Better Future for Tunisia

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D-Sisyphe (pronounced as in the French ‘décisif’, meaning ‘decisive’ in English) is an important piece of performance, both as a creative expression that fuses contemporary dance with physical theatre and as an insight into the kind of socio-political situation of Tunisians that ultimately led to the 2011 uprisings that began…
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Behind the Scenes: A Selection of Arab Theatre

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This year’s Shubbak Festival offers a selection of Arab theatre works from the sublime to the ridiculous including comedy Love, Bombs and Apples, revealing moments of revelation for four men spread across the globe; satirical all-female showcase Razor Sharp; Now is the Time to Say Nothing, a play and a…
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When The Arabs Used to Dance: A Celebration of the Past and a Warning for the Future

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When the Arabs Used to Dance is a somewhat contradictory title for a dance performance, using the past tense for something that is yet to come. The title is not the only part of El Meddeb’s new performance that seems out of place – the four male dancers use styles…
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Arab Feminist Voices

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Razor Sharp showcases three pieces of new writing by Arab women. The title can be taken to refer to an obsession with hair that goes across the Middle East. It also indicates the edginess of the writing. Yamina Bakiri, an Algerian neuroscientist who grew up in France, examines the rise and…
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A Dream-like Nightmare and a Painful Joy: An Interview with Badke

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The Shubbak blog caught up with Badke’s dramaturg Hildegard De Vuyst ahead of their performance at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 14 July. They have just arrived in the UK after taking the performance to Salzburg, Austria and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are doing a…
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An Awakening

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Sevan K. Greene on his play Nahda, whose characters are modern Middle-Easterners from the real world Nahda is an interesting beast in my zoo of plays because it is actually made up of four pre-existing short plays or ‘visions’ (three of which were performed elsewhere and one which has never…
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