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A Story To Be Told

Friday, October 19
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Irwin Theater, LAU Beirut

As part of BeÓr - October 2018 Workshop Residencies, Imagine Workshop & Concert Series IWCS presents an acting workshop by Omar Abi Azar founding member of Zoukak Theater Company.

About the Workshop
Each group will take part in weaving and creating collective fictional stories. They will look at how these can intersect with personal stories and memories by creating a layering of narratives. They will finally be guided to generate individual or group compositions, by structuring the material they produced, creating a personal dramaturgy and maximizing the political potential of their created pieces.

About Omar Abi Azar
Omar Abi Azar is a theatre director and founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company. He was the dramaturge and director of several of Zoukak’s performances that toured in various cities in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, South America, South Asia and Africa. He was commissioned by international festivals, theatres and universities to create original work: NYUAD’s Performing Arts Center, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center, University of Houston, Texas, Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei Mannheim, Williams College, Massachusetts, among others. He was artist in residence at the Lift Festival, London, Sundance Theatre Lab, Utah among others. Since 2008, Omar leads psychosocial interventions with Zoukak, targeting various communities in different regions of Lebanon and abroad (in Sweden,Serbia and in Calais’ Migrants’ Camp, France); giving drama-therapy workshops and creating collective performances with various groups. He co-curates “Zoukak Sidewalks” an international platform of performance, and “Focus Liban” a showcase of the work of local artists in Lebanon. Omar holds a BA in Theatre from the Lebanese University, Institute of Fine Arts (2006).
About Zoukak Theatre Company:
Zoukak is the recipient of the Ibsen Scholarship award (2012), the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euromed Dialogue Award for social resilience and creativity (2014), the Premium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists from the Japan Art Association (2017), the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Palermo (2017)  the Chirac Foundation for Culture and Peace (2017) and the Ellen stewart award (2018)

About IWCS (Imagine Workshop and Concert Series)
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of concerts, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, outreach and education programs. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of our community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU's faculty, students and a diverse community; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives, and introducing underprivileged communities to the power of arts.

For more info contact Dr. Seba Ali: seba.ali@lau.edu.lb

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