Belgian theatre director brings ‘Lessons in revolting’ to Cairo

Strange but true: a Belgian theatre director is giving Egyptians in Cairo Lessons in revolting. At least: that’s the title of his play, premiering in the Egyptian capital tomorrow. Ruud Gielens, from Belgian theatre company Union Suspecte, has been working on this play for the past few months with his girlfriend, Egyptian artist Laila Soliman, and a diverse group of other Egyptian artists. ‘How can a work of art be part of a revolution’; that question was their point of departure. ‘It’s a performance about how the Arab world is changing’, Gielens says, ‘with artists who are allowed to speak their mind, without censorship, for the first time’. Still: as some of the artists are not allowed to leave Egypt, he predicts this will be a ‘Skype’-performance, a ‘visual, political column’. Lessons in revolting will be presented in Zürich, Rotterdam, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, later on. Info here.


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