17 Sept 2023
Mayar Alexan & Hoor Malas (Syria), Loutje Hoekstra (Dutch), Music by Abdo Ineni
Osama Mashini Theater
Two years ago, we started a research that looks into the landscape of the human brain and its collapse through Alzheimer’s disease. We were wondering about the series of information that draws the human being to define him/herself and define his/her surroundings, and how this entity falls apart and dissolves.
Throughout this research, we were reflecting on the longing that Alzheimer’s patients have for their first homes as a metaphor to process the alienation that we have as makers towards our cities and realities. How can we belong without a memory? How can we find our way back home within our ever-changing cities?
Wed 20 Sept 2023 | 8 pm – 9 pm
Osama Mashini Theater
Entry is completely free!
It’s first come, first serve and we are expecting to fill out fast so get down early!
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“Dust” is a multidisciplinary performance in collaboration between the choreographer Hoor Malas, the visual artist Loutje Hoekstra, the music composer Abdo Ineni, and the theater maker Mayar Alexan.
This performance was made possible at IDEA festival with the support of:
This performance is part of the Halaqat residencies, organized by the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, Bozar-Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the curator and dramaturge Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi, in collaboration with the Théâtre Marni and La Bellone and in partnership with Studio 8 in Jordan.
Dust Collective is a multidisciplinary performative collective initiated by the theatre-maker Mayar Alexan and the choreographer Hoor Malas in Damascus, Syria 2017.
During the last years, Hoor and Mayar worked on a series of physical theatre performances that dealt with the concept of intangible places in relationship to the human being. They were interested in the realms that occupy the human brain during catastrophes; the half imaginary parallel worlds that create a balance with harsh daily surroundings. Through these works they tackle themes such as dreams, the afterlife, and memory loss. The complex nature of these worlds intrigues them, how simultaneously tangible and imaginary they are, and how this fluid nature can affect and be affected by politics, economy, and society.
Mayar and Hoor use the performative body as the main pillar of their work and merge light-and set design to create their narrative and address their questions. Today, and for their new adventure “Dust”, they will be joined by the visual artist Loutje Hoekstra, and the music composer Abdo Ineny, as main collaborators in the artistic process. Throughout this multidisciplinary collaboration, the collective is exploring new tools and mediums to research and manifests.