Fett Magazine Launch Party
+ a play by the theatre company Zoukak
Welcome to the launch of a new issue of the magazine Fett - and the play Death Comes Through the Eyes by Maya Zbib og Chrystele Khodr from the theatre company Zoukak in Beirut.
Fett is a feminist magazine, with four issues per year. The magazine also organizes concerts, debates and lectures.
Curated by Maya Økland / KNIPSU.
The project has received support from Fritt Ord, the Norwegian Arts Council Norway and Bergen City.
About the performance:
Death Comes Through the Eyes
“Being a spectator of calamities taking place in another country is a quintessential modern experience (…). Wars are now also living room sights and sounds."
After our two previous cycles of research and creation on Gender and on History, Death Comes Through the Eyes comes as part of a new cycle around death and immortality.
The shows that are part of this cycle spring from a need to address currently emerging paradigms, which are defining our relationship to death and its representation.
As theater makers, death is predominant in our work as it allows us to mirror and question the world we live in. Today we are surrounded by images of death. Death stands on the threshold of our thoughts, looms at the corners of our eyes and ears and at the screens that connect us to the world. Wherever we turn we see corpses, dead bodies. Our image of the body today is that of decapitation, martyrdom, brutality, abuse, slaughter, tyranny, arrogance; it is hunger and epidemic; it is indifference.
At a time when policy makers are specifying the values attached to our bodies through wars and indifference to epidemics, as people are massacred and decapitated daily on the news, and as heroes in Hollywood zombie movies are systematically obliterating masses of the undead; theater puts in front of our eyes these values we are assigning to the body, it questions our relationship to the representation of death in the media and asks us to reassess our responsibility in this process.
Dramaturgy and direction by Omar Abi Azar and Maya Zbib
Performed by Maya Zbib and Chrystèle Khodr
Light design: Marco Pinarelli
Based on a photograph by Kevin Carter and several other war photographs.
Duration: 35 min
The piece was commissioned and produced by Schwindlefrei Theater Festival and was performed in Mannheim, Germany (September 2014), in Beirut, Lebanon (January 2015) and in Kerala, India as part of ITFOK (January 2015).
This event is part of our event series in conjunction with the exhibition Facts, Stories and Anecdotes - Stavanger Kunstforening 150 år.