Ya Kebir (Collective Ma'louba)
After years of silence, a woman seeks out her brother after the death of their father. She wants to go to the war-torn country to attend his funeral, while he wants to keep her from the decision. Between reality, dream and nightmare, this encounter forces the siblings to painfully face their own past and the dark inheritance of their father.
tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg, Prinzenstr. 85 F, Kreuzberg, 10969 Berlin
Sister: Amal Omran
Brother: Houssein Almoreey
Direction: Rafat Alzakout
Assistant Direction: Sandra Reitmayer
Dramaturgy: Immanuel Bartz
Stage Design: Emilie Cognard
Costume Design: Arianna Fantin
Video Art: Julian Brinkmann
Composition: Oxana Omelchuk
Lighting Design: Jochen Jahncke
Make Up Artist: Suzana Schönwald
Choreographic Advisor: Theresa Hupp
Artistic Advisor / Surtitles: Christin Lüttich
Assistant Costume: Lydia Bohne
Photographer: Gianmarco Bresadola
Advisor: Mudar Alhaggi
PR / Audience Development: Carina Bangert
Translator: Nicola Abbas / Gert Himmler
Cover Picture / Poster: Mohamad Omran
A production by Theater an der Ruhr
Funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft NRW und Kulturstiftung des Bundes
In its theater projects, Collective Malouba questions the political and social condition of the Arab world against the backdrop of recent rebellions and illuminates the taboos of Syrian and Arab society. Smaller artistic projects of thematic relevance such as installations, exhibitions and workshops accompany the theater projects. These are shown in NRW, Germany and abroad, thus creating transnational meeting places. The events are realized in Arabic with German subtitles and are addressed to both an Arabic and a German-speaking audience.
The TAK venues has existed for the last seven years and recently issued a call for a new concept. In response to this impulse, the artists and artist collectives kainkollektiv (Bochum), suite42 (Berlin), France-Elena Damian (Berlin) and Anna Koch/Moritz Pankok (tak e.V. Berlin/Mülheim) came together with the shared idea of establishing a collective management model for an independent theater led by several groups on an equal basis; tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg.
At the reopening in January 2018, all of the following plans and ideas for the founding of tak were still "under construction - im Aufbau" - a state of being that will be a guiding theme throughout the year 2018. This is a fact that we would like to use transparently and productively.
On the one hand, this idea follows the mutual focus regarding the content for the theater’s orientation on transnational and multilingual projects which take into consideration the topics and questions of globalized societies in the 21st century. Each of these artist groups/artists have been consistently developing and fulfilling a myriad of cross-border projects for many years between different parts of Germany (e.g. North-Rhine Westphalia, Berlin) Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Romania, Syria and the USA as well as with Roma artists with different backgrounds. A part of this process from the very beginning has also been the creation of partnerships and the artistic and political discussion with artists who live in Germany in exile, which will be developed further in the new tak.
On the other hand, the idea for this collaboration is based on the artistic and organizational search for a new and innovative form of collective management and aesthetic production methods. The reopening of tak constitutes a pilot project that relates to the growing public discussion between the institutional theaters and the independent performing arts community regarding the future of theater structures (in Germany). The search for new intersections between the communities in Germany's federal states has also played a large role in this discussion. In light of this, a part of the new collective management team of tak will be the group kainkollektiv from Bochum in order to create new alliances and utilize existing potentials between independent performing arts community across Germany.