Laila Soliman (Cairo)


29.10. 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

30.10. 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm

Hoch X


Entrance € 14,00 | Reduced € 7,00


artist talk after the performance on Oct 30


English with German supertitles, Arabic passages with German and English supertitles

One hundred years ago during the British occupation of Egypt, British soldiers destroyed the village Nazlat al-Shobak. They executed village inhabitants and raped several women. These women managed to initiate, in for that period a seemingly unbelievable emancipatory impulse, a military trial that, however, came to nothing, because their credibility was questioned. ZIG ZIG is a documentary theater work based on the transcripts of this trial. These documents did not become part of Egypt’s written history, and the performance provides once more a voice and a venue to the women and their encounter with violence. Onstage, four performers and a violinist establish references – from this historical material to their own experiences with rape culture and the trivialization of sexual violence. The theater author and director Laila Soliman was already a guest at SPIELART in 2011, as part of the SOCIAL FICTIONS series.


Direction Laila Soliman Performance Nadia Amin, Mona Hala, Reem Hegab, Zainab Magdy and Nancy Mounir Producer, Acting Coach, Light Designer Ruud Gielens Historical Research Katharine Halls Assistant Director Hakeem Abdelnaeem and Habiba Makhlouf Costume Design Lina Aly Assistant Cosume Design Nashwa Maatouk Stage Design Consulting Nagy Shaker Visual Research Consultant Heba Farid Technical Management Omar Madkour Technical Team Mazen Mounib Ahmed


Laila Soliman lives and works in Cairo and Amsterdam as a theater author, dramaturge, and director. She studied initially theater and Arabic literature in Cairo, and afterwards she attended DasArts in Amsterdam. Later on, she worked as a dramaturge on Rimini Protokoll's production of "Radio Muezzin." Laila Soliman participated in the demonstrations at Tahrir Square during the revolution in 2011, and she brought her experiences there to international theater stages with the pieces "Lessons in Revolting" and "No Time for Art." Soliman's works have been performed and are being performed in, among other countries, Egypt; Syria; Lebanon; and various European countries.


Production and realization
Production SHISH (Brussels /Kairo) Co-Produktion Swiss Embassy in Egypt Department for International Cooperation (Kairo), HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kaaitheatre (Brussels), Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, D-CAF (Kairo), House on Fire Supported by the Cultural Programme of the European Union together with Mahatat for Contemporary Art (Kairo), 15/3 Studios (Kairo), Goethe-Institut (Kairo) Funded by the Fonds TURN of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.