3/19/10 : St Jude's Cancer Center & American University Hospital
3/06/10 : Hotel Dieu & Jeitawi Hospital in Achrafieh, Beirut
We arrived in Dahieh, a southern suburb of Beirut, at Bahman Hospital and set up in the auditorium to an audience of 40 kids accompanied by parents, doctors, nurses, staff and several photographers & Lebanese TV crews. After an energetic show, we hustled back to the BiM bus and continued to our next destination in Achrafieh, Beirut. We arrived at St George Hospital and had another receptive audience of children and parents. All in all, a successful and very touching opening performance. For more photos, check out our Facebook Group: Books in Motion.
**Thank you to 4 great volunteers at our show: Chafic Ayoub, Nicolas Dahan, Hala Naffah and Bernard Sacy.
Beirut, Lebanon (Books in Motion) March 1, 2010 -- On February 20, 2010, an early morning theatre performance at the Bahman Hospital in Dahieh will launch the second tour of Books in Motion, an exciting and avant-garde initiative exploring Lebanese literature through free, site specific performance. “The principal mission is to explore Lebanese literature through free, site specific theatre,” said Denise Maroney, producer of Books in Motion.
Two extraordinary works of youth literature by Lebanese authors were selected by the dynamic creative team behind Books in Motion, adapted into plays in Arabic, and will now come to life in hospitals.
What is the Color of the Sea by Nadine Touma and The Slippers of Tanbouri by Fatima Charafeddine will be performed across Lebanon, directed by the critically acclaimed Lucien Bourjeilly. The Books in Motion company of actors, under Bourjeilly’s direction, will explore methods of improvisation and circus techniques to create playful and interactive theatre.
Beginning in Dahieh, this traveling theatre festival will tour the country, performing these remarkable plays free of charge in hospitals and health centers. Books in Motion will move across Beirut, Saida, Hazmiyeh and Nabatiyeh, before ending the tour with a performance at the Safadi Foundation in Tripoli’s on the 24rd of April.
While Lebanon has no shortage of artistic festivals and initiatives, rarely are these cultural events offered outside of a traditional theatre or performance space. “Books in Motion brings theatre to unusual places often overlooked or not considered appropriate for theatre. Our performances offer a new, enriching approach to theatre and are accessible to people who might not have a chance to experience it otherwise,” Maroney explained.
This first of its kind traveling theatre festival is in collaboration with the UNESCO World Book Capital City Festival and in partnership with Toufoula Association. †
Cast: Rauf Khelifa, Anas Al Saleh, Sarah Berjawi, Lama Dawood, Jessy Daou and Mohammad Hamzi Director: Lucien Bourjeily Stage Manager: Ingrid Tautal Photography: Jessica Kalache Videography: Christine Safi Producer: Denise Maroney Assistant Producer: Aline Sara Production Driver: Marwan Itani