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.

February 7, 2010

WEEK 17 (02.02 - 08.02.2010)

Travelling to village Elkerdany for the third time. Basma (19) and Maisa (16) are getting married.

"He didn´t want to buy her a dress, so she will rent one. It still costs 1 000 pounds." (Amal, 18)
"Today the daughter doesn´t need any advice of her mother anymore." (Basma, 19)
"Which bride is more pretty? Did her dress have sleeves?" (Maisa, 16)
"We sleep, we eat, we sleep, we eat, that´s what we do." (Amal, 18)
"White is beautiful." (Heba, 18)
"The groom buys everything made out of wood. The bride buys everything else." (Yousef, 11)
"In this village costs for marriage are extremly high. Like 70 - 80 000 pounds. In another village, the adjacent for example, you can manage with 10 000 pounds. Why? Why I ask them. ´Because the other daughter got this, and they got that.` It´s all about money, all materialistic. They start life with debts. Not what´s in the head is important, but who has what. One family bought the groom a computer. He didn´t know how to use it." (Ahmed, 50)
"This febuary I´m getting married." (Seham, 16)

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