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On the Importance of Being an Arab

14 Jul 201115 Jul 2011

Egyptian theatre-maker and director Ahmed El Attar places himself at the centre of his performance. He opens up his personal archive – diaries, love letters, school reports, official documents, recordings of his telephone conversations – and shows us part of his everyday life as video chapters, direct and raw, without comment.

Less interested in telling the personal story of his life under the banner of Arabic identity, El Attar is more interested exposing the political and social influences on the artistic process. This live performance has developed as an imitation of the performer’s daily language and movement patterns, constantly updated, and running parallel to his real life. The audience therefore sees Ahmed El Attar as imitator of himself.

Presented in collaboration with LAAF11 – Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival

 

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