project was produced after ‘SHAMS’s invitation to the Atelier de Recherche
to take part in its annual Festival, in the Theatre de Beyrouth’s premises.
The workshop decided to work on and around the theatre by the following
The Theatre de Beyrouth in the modern history of dramatic arts in Lebanon,
pointing out on events of significant importance such as the Majdaloun
play by Roger Assaf and Nidal Achkar and the Hakawati sequences
during the Lebanese war (1975-1990)...- Carma Tohme - advertising V
The theatre as a place, and its place in the city, its relationship with
the inhabitants of the neighborhood of Ain el Mraisseh - Sana Asseh and
Danielle Kattar - advertising III
The city as a theatre: the mythical history of Ain el Mraisseh and its
‘founder’, 700 years, ago, the rituals still devoted to her in the former
Shuran harbor - Ursula Marcha - architecture V
association website: www.assshams.org
has not been definitively proved that the language of words is the best
possible language. And it seems that on the stage, which is above all a
space to fill and a place where something happens, the language of words
may have to give way before a language of signs whose objective aspect
is the one that has the most immediate impact on us.
in this light, the objective work of the mise en scnène assumes
a kind of intellectual dignity from the effacement of words behind gestures
and from the fact that the esthetic, plastic part of theater drops its
role of decorative intermediary in order to become, in the proper sense
of the word, a directly communicative language."
Artaud, The Theater and its Double, New York 1958, p. 107, provided
vision revisited by Derrida is studied in Colin Russell's "A
New Scène Seen Anew: Representation and Cruelty in Derrida's Artaud".
front of the scene or in the scene / the pleasure of the scene / the scenic
gesture / stage costume-sex-transvestism / composition / decomposition
/ ... / multiplication of the gesture / objects as actors / the word, any
street is a scene / façades as masks / actors as objects / mask-costume
ritual / against the unity of representation / space of action / space
of spectacle / people as spectacle, politics.
within the “theater” is fragmented, dispersed among various actors and
spectators, articulating itself without either dominating or subordinating,
with the body in action, with the gesture.
gesture is not only that of a static pose, but a multiplied gesture of
the body in movement, engaged in entries and exits from the scene.
and gesture configurate the scene; while time and volume perforate the
the plane of decoration and configurate the space.
scene in movement. The street is the scene of struggle, of consumption,
the scene of the scenes; it is infinitely continuous, unlimited in the
motion of objects, of gazes, of gestures.
is the scene of history.
is a scene, but it is also what is behind the scene, what is not seen,
or not allowed to be seen. When what is behind the scene is shown, it produces
a demystifying effect, like that of exposing the reasons for the split
between individual and social, between private and public.
façades frame the street. They function as scenery or decoration
and control the demystifying effect. The decoration may or may not correspond
to the content of the representation. This accentuates the mask like character."
Agrest, “Design versus Non-Design”, Oppositions Reader 1998,
pp. 331-354, ed. Princeton Architectural Press.