By Nadim Deaibes
Crédit : Cédric Michel (photo de répétitions)
Beirut. A suspended field of ruins. The history of this city, and this country, Lebanon, has always been erased by the victors who celebrate, generation after generation, a patriarchal and denominational system inherited from colonialism. Yesterday’s heroes are today’s warlords and petty rulers. Over the course of one night, author, director and actress Chrystèle Khodr takes a no-holds-barred look at the way in which history is contrived and inhabited by ghosts. From a generation raised on the promise of reconstruction, four men find themselves and cast off their victim’s mantles to become survivors.
Will they be able to shed the clothes of the past?
Chrystèle Khodr is an actor, writer and director based in Beirut. Her work is rooted in the urgent need to reconstruct a collective memory from personal histories. In her most recent projects, Khodr has explored the movement of history and its impact on temporality and narrative as a formal dimension of theatre. Between 2009 and 2012, she created intimate pieces and solo works: Bayt Byout, 2007 ou comment j’ai écrasé mes enveloppes à bulles and Beyrouth Sépia. In 2021, she wrote and directed Augures, which was presented at numerous festivals and theatres in Lebanon and Europe. She has also collaborated with artists from a range of disciplines, including the Zoukak company, visual artist and set designer Bissane Al-Sharif and director Waël Ali, with whom she created Titre Provisoire. Khodr is currently working on her next creation, Qui a tué Youssef Beidas? an interactive sound walk as part of her research into economic speculation and its effects on theatrical narrative.
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