Explore the boundaries of Reality at International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra

Emotional Europe – Call for participants
august 14, 2018

With a help of his artistic work Rabih Mroué crosses the boundaries of theatre potentiality. A dedicated Lebanese artist, who lives and creates in Berlin, will show his production in Slovakia for the first time. At the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2018, which is held from September 28 till October 3.

Right at the beginning two productions created by Mroué were chosen for the programme of the festival. Firstly, the artist will present his documentary performance Sand in the Eyes, and then he will introduce the production
33 RPM and a Few Seconds, which he created with his artistic and life partner Lina Saneh.

Rabih Mroué in his documentary performance examines not only the boundaries of the endurability of perception of killing, but also the world built on own displaying. The artist started to create this shocking artistic work for spectators on the basis of recruiting videos of the terrorist organization The Islamic State, whose aim was to find potential recruiters in Hessen, Germany.

Sand in the Eyes is based on a semantic images analysis that addresses especially young people growing up in Europe and attacks the perceptual capacity possessed by a civilized man, displaced a violence from his world.
At the same time, these images and their perceptions are confronted with the killing of terrorists by drones. Mroué, who performs as a lecturer himself in the production, brings facts and some fiction, asks questions, but leaves the audience to find answers.

Instead of a cliché about terrorist propaganda videos, he focuses on the image war. In the interview with London Daily Sabah finally said that the war takes place on the ground, but the other one – in images.

29. 9. 2018 | 16:00 – 17:05 | Karol Spišák Old Theatre – Studio Tatra |

29. 9. 2018 | 21:00 – 22:05 | Karol Spišák Old Theatre – Studio Tatra |
| discussion with creators after the performance |

30. 9. SUNDAY
10:00 -12:00 Artists talk: Rabih Mroué – presentation and discussion with the creator
DAB – Meeting Point

Event is not only for the young theatre critics from the V4@Theatre Critics Residency, and participants of the How to Understand Theatre project but also for public.

1. 10. 2018 | 16:30 – 17:30 | Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio |

1. 10. 2018 | 21:15 – 22:15 | Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio |
| discussion with creators after the performance |

Both productions created by Rabih Mroué, which will be presented at Divadelná Nitra 2018, primarily explore the modern world of young people and overlapping of reality with images and lives on social networks. The question is whether it is possible to separate the reality from its depiction at all or whether one of these – once two worlds – has become an indivisible amalgam.

Tickets to all productions of the  27th edition of the International Festival Divadelná Nitra are on sale on-line. Furthermore, you will be able to buy tickets at the festival box office at Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra from August 23, 2018.

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