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SUNNY SUNDAY

LINA MAJDALANIE & RABIH MROUÉ

It was a sunny Sunday in the year 2016 when, in a small church in a small town in Poland, an exceedingly peculiar wedding took place. It gathered the living and the dead, merging fiction and reality, politics and fairy tales.

Based on a true story, Lebanese artists Lina Majdalanie and Rabih Mroué explore the hybrid, eclectic narratives and symbols that are effective in Polish political discourse, questioning their socio-political mechanisms. Mroué and Majdalanie's storytelling performance unfolds on stage similar to a graphic novel, with illustrations by Lebanese artist George Khoury (JAD).

At the invitation of Marta Keil and Grzegorz Reske from the Performing Arts Institute Warsaw and HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, the project was preceded by several months of collaborative research. The central question during this process was how contemporary right-wing populist governments and neo-nationalist ideologies evoke or reproduce certain affects.

SUNNY SUNDAY addresses the political changes in Poland that seem to reflect broader developments in European societies and beyond.

The production premiered under the title LAST BUT NOT LAST in July 2020 at the Residenz of Schauspiel Leipzig.

"The performance actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, applying the mechanisms of mythologization it addresses to its own material, making it intellectually and artistically tangible. [...] Majdalanie/Mroué create, through the deliberate avoidance of pompous theatrical effects and very precise settings, such as the dramaturgical peeling of an onion, an equally detailed and unexcited yet captivating scenario. The somersaults in the play with reality and fiction, the overlay of present with past (or vice versa), open up both sensual and intellectual spaces for thought." - Torben Ibs, Theater heute

 


A co-production of Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Performing Arts Institute Warsaw, and HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden. Supported by the City of Warsaw.

Special thanks to: Denise Ackermann, Asa Horvitz, Agnieszka Jakimiak, Marta Jalowska, Łukasz Jaskuła, Joanna Krakowska, Jens-Dag Kemser, Andrzej Leder, Karolina Maciejaszek, Szymon Maliborski, Florian Malzacher, Mattef, Agnieszka Morawińska, Aleksandra Muzińska, Fredy Peccerelli, Krzysztof Pijarski, Marie Rault, Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz, Hazem Saghieh, Magda Staroszczyk, Ines Weizman and Forensic Architecture, Joanna Warsza, Frauke Wetzel, Theresa Wünsch, and the teams of the co-producers.

CONCEPT + DIRECTOR + PERFORMANCE Lina Majdalanie, Rabih Mroué
DRAMATURGY + PROJECT CURATION Marta Keil, Grzegorz Reske (ResKeil)
CURATORIAL ADVISOR Katarzyna Wielga
ILLUSTRATION George Khoury (JAD)
VOICE Walid Raad
PHOTO Rolf Arnold (1, 2) Bobby Rogers (3)

Information

Tickets available at Schauspiel Leipzig.

Past dates

01.06.2024
Saturday, 20:30
Residenz Schauspiel L​​eipzig
02.06.2024
Sunday, 20:30
Residenz Schauspiel L​​eipzig