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The Factory

Omar Abusaada – Mohammad Al Attar

8-11 NOV 2018
20:30
Main Stage
On the sidelines of the Syrian conflict, there are those who accumulate great profits.The flipside of the war in Syria as seen through the sharp eye of two important artists from Syria.
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General presale: from 19 OCT 2018, 12:00

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If the war is a factory, what does it produce? Blood? Disaster? Or riches and power?

The playwright Mohammad Al Attar and the director Omar Abusaada continue to deconstruct the complex struggle over their burning homeland, Syria. 

In the “Factory” they shed a light on the alliances between money and power in Syria before and after the revolution, and expose the war trade and its traders, investigating a true story: In 2010, right before the Arab Spring, in the northern Syrian border, a French interests cement factory is inaugurated; it is one of the biggest foreign investments in the country. The popular anti-Assad revolution and its culmination into a bloody strife will define the future of Syria, but the factory will continue its operation at any cost.

The two Syrian artists, who continue to report the total disintegration that is Syria in with poetic terms, return to Onassis Stegi with a tale from the core of the clashes.

Actors from Damascus come up on stage to chronicle a dark business game, against the background of a broken country.

credits

Director: Omar Abusaada 
Text: Mohammad Al Attar 
Stage design & costumes: Bissane Al Charif 
Video: Rami Farah, Samer Ajouri 
Light: Denise Potratz 
Assistant director: Amer Okdeh 
Masks design: Mohamad Omran 
With: Ramzi Choukair, Saed Al Ghefari, Lina Murad, Mustafa Kur and Saleh Katbeh (Music)
Thanks to: The legal NGO Sherpa & Marie-Laure Guislain, ECCHR & Claire Tixeire, Jobran Khanji, Muhannad Al Ibrahim, Mohammed Al Hariri, Matthieu Fauroux and Aron Lund for their precious time and help during the research to make this play.

Coproduced by: Ruhrtriennale with Volksbühne Berlin

Thanks to: The legal NGO Sherpa & Marie-Laure Guislain, ECCHR & Claire Tixeire, Jobran Khanji, Muhannad Al Ibrahim, Mohammed Al Hariri, Matthieu Fauroux and Aron Lund for their precious time and help during the research to make this play.

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The Syrians Omar Abusaada and Mohammad Al Atar join the OCC for the third time. In 2012 they took part in Meeting Point 6, the Arab Spring focused festival of contemporary art, with two performance-lectures. They were back in 2016 with the fiction drama "While I Was Waiting", a performance-protest about a country in intensive care. The trigger was the true story of a young man who, after a brutal beating by soldiers, falls into a coma.
 
The Syrian revolution and the long and bloody clashes that followed have been the exclusive fare of the author Mohammad Al Atar for the last seven years. His first endeavour, "Withdrawal", was presented in 2011 as a chamber play in a flat in Damascus with a couple of refugees as main characters.
 
They have recently completed their based on major ancient tragedies trilogy with Sophocles’ "Iphigenia". It follows Euripides’ "Trojan Women" (2013) and Sophocles’ "Antigone" (2014).
 

Omar Abusaada during his theatre studies in Damascus, was encouraged by his teachers to involve himself systematically with political art. While writing and directing plays, in 2002 he compiles the Studio Theatre group, whose first performances are presented in 2004. Seven years later he will join forces with the writer Mohammad Al Atar and together they will find the artistic voice to record the events that raze Syria. As part of his research, he has for many years been visiting remote villages in Syria, Egypt and Yemen – countries that have been devastated during the last ten years – organising performances and workshops involving the inhabitants. Despite the obvious difficulties, he continues to live in Damascus, as one of the few remaining independent artistic voices in his homeland.
 
Mohammad Al Atar born in Damascus in 1980, studied literature and theatre in Goldsmith, University of London. Since 2011, his writing prowess is almost exclusively directed at the events of the Arab Spring and the ensuing bloody clashes that rage unrelentingly.
His first work, "Withdrawal", was performed in a cramped apartment in his hometown, his second,"Could You Please Look into the Camera?", followed a massive wave of arrests in his country under Assad; it is a text made up of testimonies by tortured prisoners. The whole of his work draws from the Syrian writing tradition and has been widely performed in festivals, culminating in "While I Was Waiting", which was performed in the 70th Avignon Festival and in the OCC. In recent years he has been working with his compatriot, director Omar Abusaada; their theatre balances between fiction and documentary. Presently residing in Berlin, he is recognised as one of the most important chroniclers of the Syrian war.

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