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Shiberhur Company

Amir Nizar Zuabi (Palestine)

Azza

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

  • 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

Dry Mud

  • photo: Habib Siamen
    photo: Habib Siamen
  • photo: Habib Siamen
    photo: Habib Siamen
  • photo: Habib Siamen
    photo: Habib Siamen
  • photo: Habib Siamen
    photo: Habib Siamen
  • photo: Habib Siamen
    photo: Habib Siamen

When all the words have ended we start to move
We move fast trying to escape the unspeakable
We try to escape ourselves
but that is the one thing that travels with us

Racin Joa

A musical visual voyage

Like a looping newsreel or an uninterrupted silent film, this piece captures the energy of a world falling apart through a day’s journey in the Middle East. Laws are no longer exist and fear reigns. Long words have ended and the journey commences. People start to move: they begin with a walk, the walk evolves into a run. The run becomes flight and the flight becomes migration.

Dry Mud is a relentless flow of drifting images of people migrating, of soil, trees, fear and love crossing the stage. Treaded upon and pulverized, the images turn into dry mud and then to thick dust. In a macabre procession, a constant line of imagery crosses the stage, lending itself to the music feeding on it and developing from it.

The music, composed by Faraj Suleiman for a piano and four vocals, was created as an attempt to marry the classical piano with an Arabic eastern vocal tradition. Investigating how the two musical cultures innteract, struggle and connect to one another, the score is an intersection of two unique forms and its tantalizing powers of expression. Dry mud presents some of Palestine’s most celebrated female singers acting as a chorus to Suleiman’s virtuosic playing.

  • Director | Amir Nizar Zuabi
  • Music | Faraj Suleiman
  • Choreography | Samar Haddad King

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 based In Haifa, 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 2013, 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 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)

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).

“An Unsettling 60 minutes of theatre …exquisite”

Time out Critics Choice (on In The Penal Colony)

With the collaboration of:


Samar Haddad King

Samar Haddad King, Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and co-director of min tala, a pan-Arab dance company, graduated cum laude with honors in choreography studies from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi. Her work has been commissioned in the US by the Ailey School, Configuration Dance, Hubbard Street 2, where she was the recipient of the National Choreography Competition, among others, and has performed at various venues such as NYC’s Joyce SoHo, HarlemStage, Citigroup Theatre, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and many notable international festivals.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the Young Palestinian Talent Award by the Institute Culturel Franco-Palestinian.


Faraj Suleiman

Faraj Suleiman, Pianist and composer, born in 1984 Rama village in the Galilee. His first album, Log in (2014), marks the beginning of his unique musical path. This album had followed his last musical concert Three Steps (2013) – in which he investigated contemporary Arabic compositions reinterpreted through the piano. Faraj is the composer of the poetic concert Love in a Cloud (2014), where poetry, instrumental music and vocals were brought together on stage. Faraj recently finished recording a new album composed of musical interpretations and poetry readings of the prominent Palestinian poet Mohamed Ali Taha.

Suleiman composes music for theatre, film and video art. His latest works for theatre include The Bear (Chekhov,2008); Msaifen (2013), Tanburi (2014); A Parallel Time (2014); West of us lies the Sea(2015). His film and video art projects include At The Checkpoint (2013); Violence (2013); Moving (2014); Blue (2014).