Your Love Is Fire (Collective Ma'louba)
In Your Love Is Fire, Mudar Alhaggi deals with his personal experiences of war and loss in his homeland Syria and his experience as an exile in Germany. The title is based on the song of the same name by the Egyptian singer Abdelhalim Hafez, which stands for the era of Arab pop music of the 1960s and embodies the longing for the past and the seemingly safe times.
tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg, Prinzenstr. 85 F, Kreuzberg, 10969 Berlin
Rand: Amal Omran
Hala: Louna Aboderhmen Khaldoun
the soldier: Mohamed Alrashi
Author: Mouayad Roumieh
Direction: Rafat Alzakout
Text: Mudar Alhaggi
Dramaturgy: Mudar Alhaggi / Wael Kadour
Stage and Costume Design: Emilie Cognard
Video Artists: Carola Schmidt / Juma Hamdo
Sound Artist: Carola Schmidt
Lighting Design: Jochen Jahncke
Production Management: Christin Lüttich / Immanuel Bartz
Translators: Sandra Hetzl / Nicola Abbas
Surtitles: Christin Lüttich
Production: Collective Encounter in Collaboration with Collective Ma'louba Coproduction: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Theater an der Ruhr In Cooperation with: Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East Office Beirut and Shubbak Festival / British Council Funded by: Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport NRW and Kulturstiftung des Bundes Supported by: AAE – Agency for Artists in Exil, Nanterre-Amandiers - Centre dramatique national, Théâtre de la Commune - CDN Aubervilliers, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Association Archipel und Tangowerk
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.