Written as an allegory, Exodus is a multi-disciplinary performance that questions the large migration waves. Four artists from different backgrounds tell the tragic story of a migrant’s deafening silence. They tell about their dreams of freedom, washed up on the shores of a “free” country. A moment of fragile beauty changing your perception of reality, revealing the delicate nature of the balance and evanescence of life. Told through music, theatre, video, puppet and circus, it is a disturbing symbol of the current situation of refugees facing “the European fortress.” This piece will feature an American based Iraqi refugee, Rahim Alhaj.
“I have a crush on this stunning play”
-Dans quel monde – RTBF
“An overwhelming show between past and present, between drama and poetry”
With the help of : la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (B), la Région Wallonne (B), Le 140 (B), la Chaufferie-Acte 1 (B), ESACT – Ecole Supérieure d’Acteurs de Liège (B), le Centre Culturel de Namur/ les Abattoirs of Bomel (B), le Zomer Van Antwerpen (B), le Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (F), l’Espace Catastrophe – Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque (B), l’Abbaye de Leffe (B), l’Allumette (B).
The 8th La MaMa Puppet Festival Fall 2018 has been made possible with support from Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, Puppet Slam Network, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and public support by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Cultural on the Arts. Additional support from Cheryl Henson is gratefully acknowledged.
Actress: Leila Putcuyps
Storyteller: Patrick Masset
Musician: Rahim Alhaj
Rigolo Artist: Andreis Jacobs
Voice Over by Véronique Dumont and Denis Mpunga
Stage Manager: Jean-Baptiste Dumont
Sound Designers by Valéry Théret and Lorris Gisana
Video Editors: Jean-Baptiste Dumont and Ronald Alexandre
3D Images by Murielle Félix
Puppet Design by Polina Borisova
Costume Design by Bérénice Masset
Lighting Design by Benoit Gillet
Authors: Vinciane Despret and Patrick Masset
Outside Eye: Bérénice Masset
Directed by Patrick Masset
Théâtre d’Un Jour is a Belgian company created by Patrick Masset. The work is a cross-disciplinary mix of circus, music, theatre, puppet, with a persistent willingness to question what is real.
Find out more on their website!
Rahim AlHaj, virtuoso oud musician and composer, was born in Baghdad, Iraq and began playing the oud (the grandfather of all stringed instruments) at age nine. In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Mr. AlHaj was forced to leave Iraq due to his activism against the Saddam Hussein regime and began his life in Jordan and Syria. He moved to the US in 2000 as a political refugee and has resided in Albuquerque, NM ever since. In 2015 Rahim was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional arts in the USA. www.rahimalhaj.com
La MaMa Puppet Festival
The La MaMa Puppet Festival showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by artists from around the world. Curated by Denise Greber, focusing on diversifying the voices, stories, and perspectives shared onstage, with the goal of uplifting marginalized identities within the puppet community.