Khashabi Theatre is an independent cultural organisation founded in Haifa in 2015 by Khashabi Ensemble, a collective of Palestinian theatre-makers. Khashabi aims to provide a space for artists to freely experiment, create, research and perform alternative forms of theatre and art, and space where societal, political and artistic taboos can be challenged, creating an invigorated creative environment based around cooperation and mutual support.
- 10,11.12.2019 at Kaaitheater, Kaaistudio’s, Brussels, Belgium
- 30.4, 1,2.5.2020, Schlachthaus Theatre Bern, Switzerland
- 11 -14.3.2020, Théâtre de la Ville, Studio Cardin, Paris, France
Bashar Murkus, Artistic Director
Bashar Murkus, is a Palestinian playwright and director and founding ensemble member of the Khashabi Theatre and Khashabi Ensemble. Through collective research, he develops new plays that both reflect on and engage with the regional Palestinian community. His work has been seen in Palestine, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Ireland and the US. Murkus studied theatre at the University of Haifa, where he now teaches acting and directing.
Khulood Basel Tannous, Executive Director
Palestinian Theatre maker, actress, visual artists and founding member of Khashabi ensemble (2011) and Khashabi Theatre (2015). Studied theatre at the University of Haifa and performed in Haifa Theatre, including a role for which she was nominated for the “Promising Actress Prize” of the National Theatre Awards. Performs regularly with Khashabi Theatre both locally and internationally. Tannous is involved in multiple art-education programs for youth empowerment. As a photographer, her works are featured in various exhibitions and art-journals in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon.
The Museum | لــمــتــحــف || NEW WORK TO BE PREMIERED NOVEMBER 2019
He was sentenced to death by lethal injection, after committing a mass shooting in a museum of contemporary art. 49 children and their teacher were killed. His original plan, to be killed by the police inside the museum, has failed. He was arrested, interrogated, and sentenced to death. For the execution to be carried out, he had to wait for seven years.
A week before the execution, he insists on meeting the detective who investigated his case. He convinces him to be the last person he meets and to join him for his last supper.
At the final evening the two men meet alone in a locked room in the building where the capital punishment will be carried out.
This meeting allows them both to play risky and manipulative games. Games that can only be played at a last night. Games in which they search for the meaning of the death they desire.
The Museum was developed in part at the 2018 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Morocco and MASS MoCA Museum in North Adams, USA.
A co-prouction with Schlachthaus Theatre Bern (CH), Arts Centre Vooruit, Gent and Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, Brussels
Other places | أماكـن أُخرى
Setting out to research the meaning of identity, they ended up researching Diaspora. How did diaspora become an identity?
Small moments, directions, closed and open roads, the visible and invisible, lines drawn between points on the map, between the soul and the memory, these junctures are carved by Diaspora.
A group of Palestinian theatre artists scattered in far-flung points on the map all carry common memories and stories of one land. Each of them has his own path to Diaspora and together they tour their inner diaspora and try to understand their new identity.
In Other Places, Bashar Murkus and an ensemble of theatre artists transform the stage into a laboratory in-order to dissect the anatomy of identity. They manipulate the separate components, observe them from afar, scrutinize them from different perspectives. Deconstructing and reconstructing them anew in front of the audience. The work offers a rich performance experience that considers memory a tangible material, the human being an object in a museum, and place an elusive concept.
The work began as a performance research project under the title “Identity in a Lab.” The participants are twenty Palestinian theatre artists living in different parts of the world.
In Arabic with surtitles
- By Bashar Murkus and the project team
- Direction | Bashar Murkus
- With | Khulood Basel Tannous, Henry Andrawes, Husam Al-Azza, Shaden Kanboura, Raeda Ghazaleh
- Dramaturgy | Ala Hlehel
- Scenography | Majdala Khoury
- Light Design | Firas Tarabshi
- Production managing | Siwar Awwad
Graphic Design | Nihad Awidat
- Translation into English | Katharine Halls
- Produced by | Khashabi Theatre and The Palestinian National Theatre – El-Hakawati
Participated in the research process
Khalifa Natour /Qalansawa * Amer Khalil /Jerusalem * Raeda Ghazaleh/ Beit Gala- West Bank * Nicola Zreina/ Beit Gala- West Bank * Husam Al Azza /Al Azza camp – West Bank, lives in Abu Dhabi * Ashraf El Afifi/ Gaza * Hend Hassanen/ Gaza * Hana Ahmad/ Gaza * Atta Nasser/ Jerusalem, lives in Belgium * Kamel Badrneh/ Nazareth, lives in Belgium * Sahar Khalifa/ Refugee in Jordan * Mousa Al Satri/ Refugee in Jordan * Muhamad Nour Ahmad – Abu Gabi/ Al- Yarmouk camp, refugee in France * Tasneem Farid/ Al-Yarmouk camp, lives in Italy * Mohammad Tamim/ AlYarmouk camp, refugee in Germany * Khulood Basel Tannous/ Haifa * Shaden Kanboura/ Haifa * Henry Andrawes/ Tarshiha * Majdala Khoury/ Mi’ilya * Bashar Murkus/ Kufr Yasif
HASH | هَشّ
Hash, A theatrical work for one lonely actor, the story of a body getting larger in a tiny room.
Have you ever wondered what might happen if a person stopped doing? If they simply stayed where they were? Would they keep growing? Or become rooted to the spot? What would happen to their memories, their future—and their present? HASH attempts to answer these questions by observing a person so immobilised by fear that venturing outside has become impossible.
HASH watches as his body grows and he searches for his life story within the confines of a tiny room.
New Middle East
A masked soldier buries a woman while she is still alive. Who is he? Who is she? We might know or we might not. This burial of the woman may be equally confusing for both the audience and the two characters
However, in spite of the cruelty of this act, there is a space for a tragicomic dialogue between the two characters. In a certain country a soldier is fulfilling his duty and a woman is fulfilling her role as a victim
that ought to be buried for a reason she doesn’t know. Yet, we know that they come from two conflicting groups.
Will the soldier be unmasked?
- Text | Moataz Abu Saleh
- Direction and Dramaturgy | Bashar Murkus
- With | Amal Kais-Abu Saleh & Henry Andrawes
- Scenography | Majdala Khoury
- Music | Terez Sliman & Yazan Ibraheem
- Graphic Design | Nihad Awidat
- Produced by | Oyoun Theatre- Golan for Development