By Lina Majdalanie. The piece is a part of the tripple programme Birthmark

It is about idyllic houses all over Norway, the public Agoras of ancient Greece, Norwegian belly dance, unscrewing a screw, and sweat trickling down.

Through dance and body as mediums, we try to recognize the norms and the values that our societies promote. We question the ways they insert themselves in everyday life and influence the world around us. What is the political agenda behind the way our bodies are presented and how do we deal with it? The stories we tell are maybe not the ones we wish to hear. They are, at the same time, real and fictional. They could be ours, but they could also be yours. We remain puzzled by them, but they concern us nevertheless. There is no guarantee we will be sincere in the answers we give, but we are sure of the questions we ask. Almost sure…
We know it is not about presenting ourselves, nor about representing ourselves. We try to create a language that speaks about the things we would rather keep silent.

Lina Majdalanie (1966), previously known as Lina Saneh, is a theatre director from Beirut. Her works investigate the nature and function of acts and speech in the era of the virtual and of the idealized body as portrayed by media. Hence, she re-questions the definition of ‘theatre’ itself, the relation between political representation and artistic representation, our citizenship status and our position in public spaces. From 2008 to 2013, she was a professor at Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva.

Some of her latest works include 33 rpm and a few seconds (2012), Photo-Romance (2009), Lina Saneh Body-P-Arts Project (a website project, 2007),Appendice (2007), I Had a Dream, Mom (video, 2006) and Biokhraphia (2002).

Theater Director Lina Majdalanie

Dramaturgy Zeina Hanna

Lighting Design Tilo Hahn

Costume Design Lina Majdalaine

PR Photo Thor Brødreskift

Press Photo Helge Hansen

Duration 35 minutes

World Premiere 29 May 2015 at Studio Bergen, Norway

Texts Lina Majdalanie, in collaboration with the dancers

Dancers Caroline Eckly, Guro Rimeslåtten, Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Christine Kjellberg, Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Sara Enrich Bertran, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Timothy Bartlett, Hugo Marmelada, Jack Lorentzen, Magnus Myhr and Ida Haugen (process)

Special Thanks Hooman Sharifi, Hege Holte Østbye, Zeina Hanna, Petra Love, Lynn Love, Walid Raad, Yan Duyvendak, Rabih Mroué and the Carte Blanche team.