A voice from Palestine in Europe: Istanbouli Theater starts its 2013 European Tour

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August 3, 2013

A voice from Palestine in Europe:  Istanbouli Theater starts its 2013 European Tour in Spain and Portugal”All human beings have the right to Human Rights, without exception.

Dehumanization, thinking about other people in terms of stereotypes or numbers, might let you think that human beings that are different from us are not subject to the same rights that we have. My theater wants to humanize” the others”, to incarnate them, therefore I have always been interested in showing my work in different countries.”

Kassem Istanbouli, a Lebanese artist with a Palestinian origin, has an extensive theatrical production focused on giving voice to the stories of survivors, almost always in a black comedy mode, bringing a smile to our faces while the tragedy lies underneath. As an actor and theater director Istanbouli has performed the following works, shown in different countries: Picnic in the flede, (Fernando Arrabal) on the absurdity of war; Hawamish on gender violence,

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The People’s Court, on the rights of citizenship of Lebanese women; Experiencia del Mural, about identity (Mesopotamian poem XVII century), finalist at Almagro Off, the Black House, on the consequences of the lack of freedom; Walls, on identity and freedom, and Koum Yaba.

No doubt it is his play Koum Yaba, the one that has touched more the audience throughout the world, a monologue with interpretative rooted Arab tradition, in a black comedy mode and with a stage work that plays with the poetic. The dramatic text of Koum Yaba is inspired by the work of Palestinian writer Salman Natour and tells the story of the Palestinian people since 1948 until today. This work has been shown in Lebanon, in the Palestinian refugee camps, in Syria, Gaza, Spain, Algeria, Chile, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco.

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Kassem Istanbouli will perform his theater plays through Europe during the coming months). (If you are interested in a performance of Istanbouli Theater at your city, please contact phone number +96170903846 or tiyatro.istanbouli@gmail.com)



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