CounterCurrent Festival 2015: In Walking Distance by Maya Zbib and Omar Abi Azar, Zoukak Theater Company
A participatory performance taking the form of a promenade, Beirut-based Zoukak's new work traverses the University of Houston campus, following the steps of a series of women warriors involved in various forms of resistance across history and in mythology. Through Zoukak's interventions, these characters will resurface as contemporary women involved in political and social movements of defiance.
Presented in the context of current political conditions in which women leaders are often undermined when social change takes hold, Zoukak's work is firmly rooted in the perpetual upheaval of their home country of Lebanon. Egypt and Tunisia are also points of interest, where the rise of the Muslim brotherhood and the corresponding increase in social and political subjugation of women.
From Joan of Arc to Judith to Elissar to the "woman with the blue bra" in Tahrir Square, the processional performance reimagines these women asking the primitive question of what it means to fight for equality today and what is at stake. Through abstract and concrete mappings of places and events, the performers will reclaim the public space creating a new kind of attention for the passersby.
Meet in Wilhelmina Grove, University of Houston, Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard.