Wednesday, 29 August 2007


It is with great pleasure that Ashkal Alwan invites you to attend the performance of How Nancy Wished That It Was All An April Fool's Joke, directed by Rabih Mroue, at Masrah al Madina on Thursday 30 August at 7:30pm and at 10:00pm.

The performance was initially banned by the Surete Generale for content that alledgedly stirs sectarian tensions. Concerted efforts by local cultural practitioners, the Lebanese media, and particularly Culture Minister Tarek Mitri to appeal the decision resulted in Interior Minister Hassan al Sabeh revoking the ban on Monday August 27.

We hope that efforts in this regard will eventually lead to the annulment of censorship laws on cultural production in Lebanon.

Written by Fadi Toufiq and Rabih Mroue; Performed by Lina Saneh, Hatem Imam, Ziad Antar and Rabih Mroue;
Set Design and Graphics: Samar Maakaron, Animation: Ghassan Halwani.

Performance visuals were based on Zeina Maasri's collection and research that will appear in a forthcoming book and exhibition entitled Signs of Conflict: Political Posters of the Lebanese Civil War 1975-1990

Produced by the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, the Tokyo International Arts Festival, Festival d'Automne 36e edition, and La Ferme du Buisson (Temps d'Images)

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The poster compares the 1975 killing of Palestinians that triggered the civil war with the massacre at Dar Yassin in 1948

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