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Ali Chahrour

In “Iza Hawa” (Arabic for “to fall in love” or simply “to fall”), Beirut is not merely the setting of a tragedy – it plays the leading role. It brings together the iconic intellectual couple of the Lebanese art scene, Hanane Hajj-Ali and Roger Assaf, two ageing thespian lovers who are a couple in real life as on stage.


They have watched the rise and fall of cities under the Mediterranean sun, warmly mapping their faces with every meaningful city street, every memory and every disappointment. The stage carries them together as they dance their failures, victories, and their unbending love story. The choreography highlights what is left for an aging body to give, at the edge of its limitations. Ali Chahrour relies on the power of gestures and the depth of bodies that carry the intensity of personal stories as well as the overwhelming gravity of their years, all marked by political and social commitment. Alone in the dawn of their city's imminent demise, they cling to whatever remains.

“Iza Hawa” is the third part of Chahrour's dance series exploring the theme of love.

approx. 60 mins.

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Additional information
Production: Ali Chahrour. Co-production: Zoukak Theater, Les Rencontres à l’Echelle Festival, Marseille Saadallah & Lubna Khalil Foundation, Kunstfest Weimar. Supported by: The French Institute of Beirut, Wicked Solutions, Eid Press.
Participating artists
Ali Chahrour (Regie und Choreografie)
Hanane Hajj Ali (Darsteller*innen)
Roger Assaf (Darsteller*innen)
Abed Kobeissy (Musik komponiert und gespielt von)
Chadi Aoun (Assistentin der Regie & Choreografie)
Benoit Rave (Tontechnik)
Roger Assaf (Dramatische Poesie & Texte)
Chadi Aoun & Christel Salem (Produktionsleiter)
Ghiwa El Haiby (Koordination der Produktion)
Dates
April 2024
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