Lina Majdalanie & Rabih Mroué

Hartaqāt (Heresies)


Arabic /  With English surtitles /  approx. 115 mins.

“Hartaqāt” (Heresies) by Lina Majdalanie and Rabih Mroué features stage accounts written by three Lebanese performers, each with their own experiences and memories. These three portraits, based on texts by Rana Issa, Souhaib Ayoub and Bilal Khbeiz and framed by music by Raed Yassin, bear witness to the courage and suffering of those who cross borders – whether they are of countries, genders, languages or social classes. Through their stories, they tell of oppression, the weight of the past and the violent abuses of an ailing society, but also of paths to survival and futures to be invented beyond borders.

Lina Majdalanie and Rabih Mroué probe the history of their native country, Lebanon, with characteristic ironic distance, sense of deconstruction, simplicity and inventiveness. Their work is the fruit of collaborations – not only of different writers, but also of dance, music and visual art. Together they explore the points of intersection and friction between reality and fiction, in the same breath questioning history and its myths, power and the way it is enacted, Arab and European consciousness.


Concept and direction: Rabih Mroué, Lina Majdalanie / With: Souhaib Ayoub, Lina Majdalanie, Raed Yassin / Music: Raed Yassin / Text: Rana Issa (Incontinence), Souhaib Ayoub (L’imperceptible suintement de la vie), Bilal Khbeiz (Memoires non fonctionnnelles) / Choreography: Ty Boomershine (L’imperceptible suintement de la vie) / Lighting design: Pierre-Nicolas Moulin / Video: Rabih Mroué / Animation: Sarmad Louis / Video programming: Victor Hunziker / Costumes: Machteld Vis / Props: Mathieu Dorsaz, Malou Quingard / Trainee assistant director: Juliette Mouteau / Stage manager: Martine Staerk / Light: Julie Nowotnik / Video operator: Jad Makki / Translation: Rayya Badran / Production: Tristan Pannatier


  • Past
    German premiere
    Thu 15.6.2023, 18:00 / HAU2
    Fri 16.6.2023, 18:00 / HAU2
    Sat 17.6.2023, 18:00 / HAU2

Part of the Berliner Festspiele festival “Performing Exiles”


Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne. Co-production:  HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Berliner Festspiele in the frame of „Performing Exiles“, Printemps des Comédiens Montpellier, Festival d’automne à Paris, Théâtre du Rond-Point Paris, Festival delle Colline Torinesi, TPE – Teatro Piemonte Europa, La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d'Ascq. “Performing Exiles” is funded by the Federal Government Comissioner for Culture and the Media, German Federal Cultural Foundation, Lotto Stiftung Berlin, Goethe-Institut. 


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