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RABIH MROUÉ + LINA SANEH

Rabih Mroué is a Lebanese actor, director, and playwright. Winner of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award, his storytelling pits facts against made-up truths and propaganda that are imbued with a peculiar sense of humor and a visual sensibility honed from years as a visual artist. By means of a semi-documentary style theater, Mroué’s often controversial work draws attention to issues and events that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of the Middle East.

Linah Saneh is a theater maker who collaborates with Rabih Mroué and writes and directs her own works of theater and video. In her earlier works, Saneh focused on physical theater as a way of addressing how our bodies are imprinted by sociopolitical conflicts and contradictions in the Middle East. Her current multimedia artworks, performing arts, and video works interrogate the status of our citizenship and our position in public spaces, and raise the possibility of creating a new political liberation. She is an assistant professor at the Institut d’Etudes Séniques et Audiovisuelles at the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut and at the Saint-Esprit University in Kaslik.

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