I Hate Theatre, I Love Pornography
2020

Theatre performance, filmed for online streaming
by Zoukak Theatre Collective
A ride through the hottest stories from the Middle East, catered and served specifically to satisfy the needs and expectations of our beloved "Western" and English-speaking audiences.

"I Hate Theatre I Love Pornography" is an investigation on current forms of corruption plaguing today's world. It uses theatricality as a tool to question how we position ourselves as artists and as individuals with regards to the multiple representations of this corruption.
One-time only private screening on 25 May 2021, @ secret online location.
Conceived and produced by: Zoukak Theatre Company
Directed by: Omar Abi Azar
Devised and performed by: Lamia Abi Azar, Omar Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Ziad Chakaroun, Khodor Ellaik, Junaid Sarieddeen and Maya Zbib
Assistant Director: Rahaf Jammal and Natalie Maalouf
Light Designer and Technical Director: Nadim Deaibes
Communication: Marianne Kortbani
Graphic Design: Maya Chami
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan
Co-produced by: IBSEN Awards
Supported by: Sundance Institute and Drosos Foundation
Filmed version produced for Borderline Offensive: Laughing in the Face of Fear, with the support of Creative Europe and Västra Götaland Region

The first phase of this project was created in collaboration with Abdullah Al Kafri, Ahmad Ghossein, Nathalie Harb and Helle Siljeholm, at the Ibsen Theatre in Skien, Norway, in 2014.
The work on this piece started in 2014 during a residency at the Ibsen Center in Skien, Norway and was based on themes from Ibsen's Enemy of the People and Pillars of the Society. It was later performed as a work in progress in Norway as part of the IBSEN conference in 2014, in India as part of ITFOK - International Theater Festival of Kerala in 2015, and in Lebanon. In 2017, it was partly developed and presented within Sundance Institute's Theatre Lab in Utah. In 2019, it was further developed into its current version and presented in October at Ibsen Teater in Norway, within the Ibsen Awards festival. In December 2020, it was performed at al Madina Theatre in Beirut.
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Zoukak Theatre Company
Zoukak Theatre Company is a non-hierarchical structure, dedicated to theatre practice as a social and political involvement, with a belief in theatre as a space for common reflection and in collectivity as a position against marginalizing systems.
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