【Invisible Torrents】Action Asia VOL.2 Lecture: Nation Building on stage--from El Hakawati to Ashtar Theatre
Oct 13, 2013 Sunday 15:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Mr Edward Muallemwill give a brief intruduction about Palestinian theatre from 1920-2013,and then to take El Hakawati andAshtar Theatre as examplesto speak in more details about the theatre movement in contemporary Palestine. Ashtar theatre is a unique group in Palestine. Itis 3 organizations in one. There'rethree major programs under the umbrella of ASHTAR theatre:1) Teachers training program: drama training for Adolescents and school teachers; 2) Theatre of the Oppressed Program (Locally, Regionally and Internationally); 3) Making of experimental theatre productions. Since the establishment of ASHTAR, most of the actors and theatre technicians in Palestine are the graduates of Ashtar,even before the opening of the first acting academy in Palestine 4 years ago.
Theatre Pioneer, Actor, Trainer, and Director
At the age of 17, Edward Muallem went from his village to study theatre at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Driven by his passion for theatre, his dedication to his people, and his desire to raise the voice of the voiceless on stage, he joined François Abu Salem and the others to found El Hakawati Theatre Company in Jerusalem in 1977.
After leaving El Hakawati, in 1991, Edward and his partner, Iman Aoun, established Ashtar for Theatre Productions and Training as a new initiative to set up the first drama training program in high schools in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Undertaking such a project in the unstable political environment of the first Intifada was a great challenge!
Edward Muallem is the main trainer and Joker at Ashtars’ Theatre for Oppressed Program locally and internationally. At the same time he is the Acting Director of the International theatre of the Oppressed Festival organized by Ashtar theatre in Palestine.
Free admission, reservation is required.