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Azza

Amir Nizar Zuabi (Palestine)

Azza (Three Days of Mourning) – a new musical theatre piece, portraying the story of a family in grief and a community paying its last respects to the recently deceased old man.

Based on the Palestinian mourning rituals, this three-day event is the moment where cliché and grief merge. Blending repetitive singing and spoken word with an a cappella male chorus, this public gathering exposes the necessity to live and the duty to respect the dead. The story weaves a rich tapestry of life and death through shared memories, small rivalries and brief moments of compassion and empathy. This ritual, in its rigid form of repetition and small gestures, is a ceremony where the mundane and dramatic are intertwined to create a peephole into the soul of a community.

  • Written by Amir Nizar Zuabi and the Company
  • Director | Amir Nizar Zuabi
  • Music | Faraj Suleiman
  • Choreography | Samar Haddad King
  • Dramaturgy | Khalifa Natour
  • Performers | Khalifa NatourHenry AndraweAdeeb SafadiFaraj SuleimanWael WakeemAmer Hlehel

Touring Dates

  • 14-18 March 2018, Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia
  • 24, 25 October 2017 at 20:30 , Studio TF, Palais des Baeux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
  • photo: Khawla Ibraheem
    photo: Khawla Ibraheem
  • photo: Khawla Ibraheem
    photo: Khawla Ibraheem
  • photo: Adeeb Safadi
    photo: Adeeb Safadi
  • photo: Adeeb Safadi
    photo: Adeeb Safadi
  • photo: Adeeb Safadi
    photo: Adeeb Safadi
  • photo: Adeeb Safadi
    photo: Adeeb Safadi
  • photo: Khawla Ibraheem
    photo: Khawla Ibraheem
  • photo: Adeeb Safadi
    photo: Adeeb Safadi
  • photo: Khawla Ibraheem
    photo: Khawla Ibraheem

ShiberHur Company

“A deep and haunting new twist by Zuabi and his excellent Theatre company… great lyrical intensity… A very powerful experience”.

The Independent (on the beloved)

ShiberHur Company

ShiberHur – [Shib-ër Hûhr] “an inch of freedom” A compound of Shiber (an Ottoman measuring unit equal to an open palm) and Hur (Arabic for “free”).

ShiberHur is an independent Palestinian theatre company, dedicated to producing the very best of contemporary and classical theatre for audiences across Palestine and abroad.

ShiberHur was founded as a truly independent space, suitable for creating high standard, cutting edge theatre. Its ambition is to enable an international discourse dealing with the meaning of being a Palestinian in the 21st century.

Since its foundation in 2008, ShiberHur has produced numerous successful projects, with the collaboration of local and visiting artists from around the world.  Productions including: I am Yusuf and This is my Brother (ShiberHur / Young Vic); Sneeze and Other ShortsWith Great SorrowIn the Penal Colony (ShiberHur / Theater Chur Switzerland); The Beloved (ShiberHur / Young Vic / Bush Theatre).

Amir Nizar Zuabi

Amir Nizar Zuabi is the Artistic Director of ShiberHur, and an associated director of Young Vic, London. His previous writing & directing projects include I am Yusuf and This is my BrotherIn the Penal ColonyAlive From Palestine; oh my sweet land (ShiberHur/Young Vic). Other works includes: Samson and Delilah (Flanders Opera, Antwerp) and a dramatization of the epic poem Jidarriya by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (Edinburgh International Festival, Bouffes du Nord and world tour). Further directing credits include: West of us lies the Sea;  Sneeze and Other Shorts SorrowMid Spring the musical Comedy of Errors (RSC as part of the World Shakespeare Festival).

“Amir Nizar Zuabi and ShiberHur Company’s production is a smoldering beautifully written affirmation to life”

The Metro (on I am Yusuf and This is my Brother )

“Staged by the Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur this hour-long piece resonates very loudly”

Financial times (on In The Penal Colony)