Contado pela minha mãe

byAli Chahrour (Líbano)
Alkantara Festival
24 - 25 nov 2021
 wed - thu, 7 PM
Sala Garrett
direction and choreography Ali Chahrour
performers Hala Omran, Leila Chahrour, Abbas Al Mawla, Ali Hout, Abed Kobeissy, Ali Chahrour
music Two or The Dragon: Ali Hout & Abed Kobeissy
scenography Guillaume Tesson, Ali Chahrour 
light design and technical director Guillaume Tesson
sound design Woody Naufal
photography Myriam Boulos
lettering Khajak Apelian
layout Chadi Aoun
copywriting Isabelle Aoun (English)
translators Labiba Chaiban (French), TBA (Portuguese)
assistant director Chadi Aoun
production managers Chadi Aoun & Christel Salem
productio Ali Chahrour 
co-production Studio Zoukak, the Arab Arts Focus with the support of Stiftelsen, Studio Emad Eddin & Ford Foundation, Napoli Teatro festival, Saadallah & Lubna Khalil Foundation, Kunstfest Weimar, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Mahmoud Darwish Chair/Bozar
supported by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture ”Afac”,  The French Institute of Beirut, Beit el Laffe, Barzakh, KED, Mezyan, T-Marbouta, Tawlet, Eid Press.

This is the story of a family, repeated across many other families in Beirut and its outskirts. It is the story of a mother’s love — told, sung, and danced by Ali Chahrour and his family.
Contado pela minha mãe is the story of Fatima, Ali Chahrour’s aunt, who spent the final years of her life searching for her son Hassan, lost in the Syrian war.

It’s also the story of Laila and her son Abbas, Ali Chahrour’s relatives, who are on stage with him and lend their presence to the mothers and sons who are no longer present.

It’s a story of big and small wars; of collective and private victories and losses.

Whitin these family hardships, Ali Chahrour finds a cultural heritage dedicated to the expression of love. The music in the performance — performed by Hala Omran and the electro-acoustic duo Two or The Dragon (Ali Hout & Abed Kobeissy)— draws from the songs sung at home, on occasions of grief and joy. With gestures and movements heavy with history, the performers tell, sing, and dance their stories in order for memory to survive.

Performed in Lebanese with Portuguese and English surtitles.
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