By Hanane Hajj Ali
In collaboration with Eric Deniaud and Abdallah AlKafri
“Who is Medea today in a torn city like Beirut?”
Hanane Hajj Ali is one of Libanon’s best known performers and activists. As a now fifty-something year old woman, she exercises daily to avoid osteoporosis, obesity, and depression. In her award-winning play ‘Jogging’ she take you along through the streets of Beirut as well as her dreams, desires, hopes, and the many roles she plays as a Lebanese woman.
The effects of Hanane’s daily routine are contradictory. As a matter of fact, two hormones are stimulated in her body: Dopamine and Adrenaline. Two hormones that are alternatively destructive and constructive, amidst a city of Beirut that destroys to build and builds to destroy.
Alone on stage, Hanane – woman, wife and mother – lifts the veil on her identity. While becoming an ‘unveiled’ performer, her multiple personas progressively parade to fit together like Russian dolls, with the exploration of Medea’s motivations as a central theme.
This performance is spoken in Arabic, with English surtitles.
Municipality of The Hague
Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten