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Told by my mother

Ali Chahrour
10 – 11.10.2023
Told by my mother
Ali Chahrour
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Performance
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"Told by my mother" is rooted in intimate and sincere stories, which paint a sensitive and torn picture of Lebanon today. Through gesture, words and song, Ali Chahrour narrates stories of emblematic mothers and their families, some lost, others missing.

It brings together Laila Chahrour, the mother with her son Abbas, who decided at 18, to join the ranks of the fighters; and Ali Chahrour, choreographer, dancer and Laila’s relative. He shares the story and journey of his aunt « Fatima » (also cousin to Laila), whose journey was to find her lost child « Hassan », that went missing in Syria, since 2013.

Tagging along are the Syrian actress Hala Omran lending her whole-hearted voice to the story, accompanied by musicians Ali Hout and Abed Kobeissy.

The performance’s musical approach take reference the songs of those very same families on occasions of grief and joy; a cultural heritage of Arab folk songs.


In Arabic with French surtitles.

From 16 years old.

Choreography and direction Ali Chahrour
Interpretation Hala Omran, Leila Chahrour, Abbas Al-Mawla, Ali Hout, Abed Kobeissy, Ali Chahrour
Music Ali Hout & Abed Kobeissy of Two or The Dragon
Direction assistantship Chadi Aoun
Production management Chadi Aoun, Christel Salem
Stage design Guillaume Tesson, Ali Chahrour
Light design and technical direction Guillaume Tesson
Sound design Woody Naufal, Benoit Rave
Poster photo Myriam Boulos
Typography Khajak Apelian
Layout Chadi Aoun
Writer Isabelle Aoun

A production of Ali Chahrour, in co-production with Théâtre Zoukak, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture ”AFAC”, the Arab Arts Focus with Stiftelsen, Studio Emad Eddin & Fondation Ford, Napoli Teatro festival, Saadallah & Lubna Khalil Foundation, Kunstfest Weimar, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Mahmoud Darwish Chair/Bozar | With the support of Institut Français de Beyrouth, Beit el Laffe, Barzakh, KED, Mezyan, T-Marbouta, Tawlet, Eid Press.

© Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Press Review

The band is not only an artistic foundation of this work, it also rocks. The drums, buzuk, and Omran's powerful voice create an atmosphere between a rite and a rock concert.

Wesley Doucette, Broadway World
25 July 2022

Une pièce sensible et personnelle qui s’offre à la fois comme un cri et un chant vibrant d’amour et de désolation.

Christophe Candoni, Sceneweb
22 July 2022

Dans un subtil enchevêtrement de chants bouleversants et de saisissants tableaux, Ali Chahrour convoque une étonnante réunion de famille.

Laurence Péan et Marie-Valentine Chadon, La Croix
25 July 2022

Cette ode à la famille prend bien à la gorge et suscite des émotions universelles.

Emmanuel Serafini, Inferno Magazine
22 July 2022

Avec délicatesse et une bienveillance inouïe, l’artiste s’empare des tragédies qui émaillent les vies des femmes de sa famille

Olivier Frégaville-Gratian d’Amore, L'Oeil d'Olivier
23 July 2022