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Monday, April 2, 2012

"If I Weren't Egyptian" at AUC Falaki Theatre

Following his successful premier performance in Bern, Egyptian Director Omar Ghayat presents his interdisciplinary project "If I Weren’t Egyptian", in Cairo, at the Falaki Theater (AUC), within the "Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival" D-CAF on Wednesday April 4 and Thursday April 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

After the incidents of two Swiss who had committed suicide Ghayat remembered hundreds of young Egyptians who flee to Europe, hoping for a better life where, paradoxically, suicide rates are very high – especially in Switzerland. Is paradise for some, hell for others? This is a question posed by Cairo-based director Omar Ghayat in his performance, which looks for motives behind the yearning for a better place elsewhere.

Together with dramaturge Nicole Borgeat and Egyptian bestseller author Alaa Al Aswany, Ghayat works in collaboration with artists Chrsitoph Oertli and Maxime Denuc from Switzerland and Egyptian Photographer Hamdy Reda trying to monitor and analyze the human motivation to escape from reality and the permanent desire for Elsewhere.

In a combination of documentary and drama, during 90 minutes, reality and fiction intermingle as genuine people meet with characters created by Al Aswany, and real performers and cardboard silhouettes converse with each other on stage.

From the world of Alaa Al Aswani. with: Omar Ghayatt, Alessia Coldesina, Tarek Shalaby, Khaled Ibrahim.
Scenography, Concept, Direction: Omar Ghayatt.
Dramaturg: Nicole Borgeat.
Soundscape: Maxime Denuc.
Video: Christoph Oertli.
Photography: Hamdy Reda.
Light: Petra Waldingsperger.
Coproduktion: Townhouse Cairo. Production supported by: Pro Helvetia, Stadt Bern, Kanton Bern, Stiftung Ernst Göhner.

Falaki Theater (AUC) - "Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival" D-CAF
Tickets: 30 L.E. – (Students: 20 L.E.)

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