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International premiere of Riding on a Cloud by Rabih Mroué

The international premiere of Riding on a Cloud by 2011 Prince Claus Laureate Rabih Mroué took place on 5 March 2013 in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. Riding on a Cloud examines the construction of truth, especially during conflict. The performance is part of the 'Ervaar daar hier Theater' programme and will tour through the Netherlands in March. 

Riding on a Cloud
The title of the performance is from an anthology of poems by Rabih Mroué’s brother Yasser, who was shot in the head by a sniper during the Lebanese civil war. He survived. They now perform together. Yasser recites his poems and Rabih debunks stories with film and video.

Rabih Mroué
Mroué (Beirut, 1967) witnessed the horrors of the Lebanese civil war where everyone constructs his own truth. Mroué documents and analyses these stories in his performances. His criticism is not popular with the Lebanese censors, so most of the time he performs in private. Rabih Mroue was honoured with a 2011 Prince Claus Award 'for his radical interrogation of memory, power, and the construction of truth’.

The ‘Ervaar daar hier Theater’ programme presents an exceptional selection of international theatre and danceperformances to audiences in the Netherlands. The programme is an initiative the Prince Claus Fund, the Fund of Performing Arts, DOEN Foundation and Hivos.

Tour Dates

5 March – Rotterdamse Schouwburg
6 March – Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
8 March – Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
9 March – De Oosterpoort, Groningen
12 March – Theater Frascati, Amsterdam
13 March – Theater Frascati, Amsterdam
15 March – Theaters Tilburg / De Nieuwe Vorst
17 March – Wilminktheater, Enschede

International premiere of Riding on a Cloud by Rabih Mroué

"Most important performance artist in Lebanon and the Arab World"

Frie Leysen, curactor of the 'Ervaar daar hier Theater' programme

Rabih Mroué about 'Riding on a Cloud'

Rabih  Mroué

Rabih Mroué

Rabih Mroué Lebanon Rabih Mroué (1967, Beirut) is a challenging visual and performance artist, whose practice investigates truth and fiction, and the mechanisms, varieties and social implications of fabricating ‘truth’. Founded on the Lebanese experience of civil war and its aftermath, his work is highly relevant in the current global context. Mroué’s plays, performances, videos and installations draw audiences into personal experience of assessing truth. They include Looking for a Missing Employee (2003), which presents the mass of rumours, accusations and false reports in official government evidence; Photo-Romance (2006), examining censorship and civil courage in totalitarian contexts; and The Inhabitants of Images (2009), an encounter with the generation of political mythologies. Three Posters (2000) shows a discovered tape of a suicide fighter recording three different versions of his final testimony, and international responses to that work in the post 9/11 situation and the role of media images are presented in On Three Posters (2004). In How Nancy Wished that Everything Was an April Fool’s Joke (2007), four fighters from different factions give sincere accounts of the battle that killed them, but as their memories diverge and contradictions mount it becomes impossible to tell which side they were on, let alone decipher ‘history’. I, The Undersigned (2007) presents Mroué’s apology for his part in the civil war, which includes ‘not being kidnapped or assassinated’, and interrogates the range of fabrications surrounding responsibility and patriotism. Meticulously conceived and staged, Mroué’s works are more often than not joint artistic productions with his partner, Lina Saneh. Mroué also holds several visiting professorships, is contributing editor of The Drama Review and the Lebanese quarterly Kalamon, and is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Centre. Rabih Mroué is awarded for his radical interrogation of memory, power and the construction of truth, for creating direct audience encounters with and methods for analysing the instability of meaning, for stimulating critical social engagement by exposing and opening up discussion on sensitive issues, and for offering a moral voice emphasising individual responsibility.

Prins Claus Awards

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De prijzen worden jaarlijks uitgereikt aan 11 personen of organisaties wiens culturele activiteiten een brede en gunstige invloed hebben op de ontwikkeling van de samenleving of gemeenschap ter plaatse.

International premiere of Riding on a Cloud by Rabih Mroué

The international premiere of Riding on a Cloud by 2011 Prince Claus Laureate Rabih Mroué took place on 5 March 2013 in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. Riding on a Cloud examines the construction of truth, especially during conflict. The performance is part of the 'Ervaar daar hier Theater' programme and will tour through the Netherlands in March.  Riding on a Cloud The title of the performance...

 
 
 
 

International premiere of Riding on a Cloud by Rabih Mroué

The international premiere of Riding on a Cloud by 2011 Prince Claus Laureate Rabih Mroué took place on 5 March 2013 in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. Riding on a Cloud examines the construction of truth, especially during conflict. The performance is part of the 'Ervaar daar hier Theater' programme and will tour through the Netherlands in March.  Riding on a Cloud The title of the performance...