I’ve just finished working on a 6 week theater program with 12 Syrian women. There were daily practical workshops to poetically and theatrically explore collective experiences of migration. Responding to stimuli such as poetry, visual art, film and stage design the actors and creative team have worked collaboratively to devise a theatrical piece to be performed in front of a live audience. Here is the trailer for the performance.
I have been working with Open Art Foundation over the last year a on documentary about the ancient Greek heroine Antigone who inspires a group of Syrian women living in Beirut to wonder whether new joys and ambitions are possible to conceive. We are currently in post-production! .
I went with some friends to visit what we thought would be a subdued and isolated desert monastery. We were hoping for some fresh air and quiet outside of Cairo, but were greeted with thousands of people visiting the burial site of the late Coptic Pope. Slightly disappointed with our less than tranquil monastery, we began a tour with Father Afraym, a monk who has lived at the monastery for over 20 years. His energy and knowledge of history was captivating and we all drank up his words as he lead us around. Through him we found the serenity and spiritual grounding that we hadn’t even known we were looking for. Always expect the unexpected in Egypt.