The noted artist Rabih Mroué discusses his work in theatre and visual arts in Beirut, Lebanon and beyond, his show The Pixelated Revolution, which plays at the PuSh Festival this week, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
I’m joined now by the award winning actor, playwright, and visual artist Rabih Mroué. He’s in Vancouver to present his work The Pixelated Revolution. That’s running this week from Wednesday, 15 January to Saturday, 18 January 2014 at Studio T at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. It’s part performance and part lecture, offering the audience an examination of the Syrian revolution. In the piece, Mr. Mroué looks at the plight of Syrians using video shot at the front line by protestors. The images and video is culled from the internet, and this show is a sort of curation on stage of recent events, and of moments of death. By all accounts, reviews of the production from runs in the United States and elsewhere, including Mr. Mroué’s Beirut, where he lives and works, have said the production is powerful and thought-provoking. He is a contributing editor of The Drama Review, and the Lebanese quarterly Kalamon. He is also co-founder of the Beirut Art Center. He appeared at the PuSh Festival in 2012, and has a video installation at the grunt gallery that opened this past weekend, Nothing to Lose. That runs until February 8th. Visit www.grunt.ca for information on that, and www.pushfestival.ca for tickets and information on The Pixelated Revolution. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Rabih Mroué; Mr. Mroué, good morning.