Laila Soliman

Zig Zig


Arabic / English / With German surtitles / 80 min.

The new work by Laila Soliman is based on court records from 1919: British soldiers were charged with attacking a farming village in Upper Egypt, raping the women and burning down houses. Twelve rape victims had mustered the courage to appear as witnesses in court. Five performers bring these inspiring and brave women to life. Due to a lack of Egyptian sources on the events, Soliman relies on court papers from the archive of the British Foreign Ministry. She links the witness testimonies of the time with current discussions about “rape culture.” Why are sexual attacks on women often downplayed, doubted or instrumentalised? How much has changed with time? In light of the current situation of women, not just in Egypt, “Zig Zig” impressively shows what it means to be delivered to the caprice of the authorities. Then as now. 


Directed by: Laila Soliman / Performance: Mona Hala, Reem Hegab, Sherin Hegazy, Zainab Magdy, Nancy Mounir / Producer, Acting Coach & Lighting designer: Ruud Gielens / Costume Design: Lina Aly / Historical Research: Katharine Halls / Technical Management: Omar Madkour / English translation: Katharine Halls / Arabic translation: Shadi El- Husseiny / Production Management: Ebtihal Shedid / German translation: Anne Simmering, Ebtihal Shedid


  • Past
    Thu 27.4.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Fri 28.4.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 29.4.2017, 20:00 / HAU1


Production: SHISH (Brussels / Cairo). Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), FFT (Düsseldorf), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt Office for International Cooperation (Cairo) CairoD-CAF (Cairo), House on Fire with support of the Cultural Programme of the European Union.

In cooperation with Mahatat for Contemporary Art (Cairo), 15/3 Studios (Cairo),  Goethe-Institut (Cairo).


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