This blog documents the work - in - progress of Spring Awakening, a theatrical performance about adolescence in the context of contemporary Egypt.

Performance dates: 01. – 06.04.2010 Rawabet Theatre, Cairo / 09.,10.04.2010 Jesuit Centre, Alexandria.

January 27, 2010

WEEK 16 (26.01. - 01.02.2010)

Ezbet Elkerdany: Basma is getting married next week.
Problem with accomodation: a non-married woman cannot be sharing a house with a non-relative man.

Mustafa Said is in Cairo. Improvising with oud and actors.

sampling no. 1 (sound only)

sampling no. 2 (sound only)

along the way

Rehearsal with Mustafa, 01.02.2010

January 23, 2010

WEEK 15 (19.01. - 25.01.2010)

Rehearsing with actors, Karima Mansour joins. Fighting bodies.

Receiving monthly newsletter of Salafvoice, sheikhs are giving advices to different aspects of life. This time: How to deal with children in puperty. Advices given are in arabic and distributed via tapes in certain mosques.

"Stop calling your children nicknames when they enter puperty."
"Be good with your daughters so they do not seek someone elses proximity just because of being desperate."
"Make sure that you include your children in decision making; ask them for example, what they want their mother to cook for them; or where they want to go on the weekend for their leisure time"

The girls from the village Elkerdany called - they ask how the project is getting along.

along the way

Scene Tetris and introducing:

Xero, Dodo, Sherin, Salma, Mehera, Sherin, Ali, Ezzat, Salam, Ali, Mehera,
Sherin, Dodo, Hussam, Sherin, Ezzat, Dodo

along the way

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WEEK 14 (12.01. - 18.01.2010)

Meeting Alain, a 15 year old boy from Jesuit School, improvising.
"So come on. Why aren´t you kissing me now? I am expecting this now. Why are you behaving like this?"

Generally there is a time conflict - Alain lives in Heliopolis, school is somewhere between Down Town and Heliopolis, hours of rehearsals are not fitting. Wether he really wants to join in is another question.

Starting rehearsals at Goethe Institute. Going back to teenage times: video clip dancing, experience striptease and exercises.
Also discussing: Who has problems acting what.

"Once I think back in these times, I don´t really want to go back to my twenties." (actor, 24)

along the way

Explaining the different phases of puperty

(video coming soon)

along the way

Different plastic: 1m = 4 EGP; 1 = 2,5 EGP; 1m = 9 EGP; 1m = 3 EGP

WEEK 13 (05.01. - 11.01.2010)

Meeting Mustafa Said, composer of the play.
If not live:

Trying to find dates.
Trying to confirm dates.

along the way

New working space - moving to the rooftop studio. Cats and exchange.

(the picture quality is so grotty so that you come by yourself and have the view in 100 Mpix.
11. floor in 7 Nubar, Down Town)

WEEK 12 (29.12. - 04.01.2010)

"Sorry, but he cannot help you out any longer. He wants to study for school and is busy with the other activities he is doing in his leisure time." (Walid, father of Selim)

along the way

Real Name: Tamer Hosny Abbass.

Birthday: August, 16th.

Astrological Sign: Leo.

Place of Birth: Egypt.

Education: Bachelor Degree in Media Studies at 6th October University.

Favorite Colors: Light Blue, Black and White.

Pleasure: When I see my Mom and my nice smile. When my fans clap for me in my concerts. When I finish praying.

Hobbies: Egyptian Soccer, Horse Riding, Swimming.

along the way

1. "Where are you going for honeymoon?"

2. "For how much money would you leave your fiancé?"

3. "Why aren´t you married yet?"

WEEK 11 (22.12. - 28.12.2009)

Writing applications...

along the way

"Of course they beat. The boys get beaten more, but also girls get beaten. There one is more careful. So that no mark left. It´s normal." (Maisa, 15)

WEEK 10 (15.12. - 21.12.2009)

Going through some footage...

along the way

Offering the cow to the sacred in 6 steps

Boys attend the slaughter for the first time around age of 6. Girls stay home at any age.

January 22, 2010

WEEK 9 (08.12. - 14.12.2009)

Developing ideas for scenography. Plastic, pieces of Tuk Tuk, rice and projection.

along the way

"When I was 16, I started getting hysterical attacks. I don´t know why, or where they came from. People talked. But they talked before that, too. They didn´t like my fiancé and said that he was bad. Even the ones I liked, talked about me. Two times I went to a psychologist. After that my aunt said, I should read the quran - that it would help more. I didn´t go back to the doctor. The attacks stopped sometime ago. In the dark, I´m still afraid."

WEEK 8 (01.12. - 07.12.2009)

On tour in France; back in Berlin.

along the way

decorating interiors

detail girls room

WEEK 7 (24.11. - 30.11.2009)

Travelling to the village Elkerdany again. Planned: Read/reenact all scenes with teenagers and adults from the village. At the same time it´s Eid, everybody is busy with prepartions. Seham, Maisa, Amal and Basma are meeting their fiancés. Collision of time.
Yet: two scenes. Mixture of curiousity and confusion.

"I would call my kids Malak and Muhannad." (Maisa, 15) Muhannad is the male protagonist of the turkish TV soap "Noor".
"Yes, they will go to school. But housework comes first." (Seham, 16)
"Do you think I´ll spend honeymoon in Sharm El Sheikh? I´ll be tide down at home." (Amal, 18)
"I know my part. It´s not a real role, is it?" (Amal, 18)

(video coming soon)


El Hadaba el Wosta:
4 hours, 7 pizzas, 12 boys and girls, all scenes of Wedekind. For the first time a possiblity to have scenes with boys and girls. Warming up is already a challenge. Deciding against mixed groups. Reading and preparing the text has in consequence: Flirting with between different groups. Rejecting a scene because of uncomfortable feelings. Recreating monologue of Hänschen Rilow between a fulla colorbook scribble, hysterical laughter and playing for keeps.

(Supplement: the confiscated Guiness Book shows up again)


Introducing the actors:
Ali, Ezzat, Mariam, Omar, Salma, Sherin, Vito, Walid, Xero!