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Editta Braun
Coppercity 1001

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 24.10.2007

Ort: Salzburg

Im Rahmen von: ARGEkultur

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The new interpretation of a tale from “The Arabian Nights” by the egyptian writer Mahmoud Aboudoma, in which the inhabitants of a city are freezing to copper, („Letters from the Coppercity“), gives the base for a gloomy poetical parable on a civilisation gotten blameworthy by its silence and by looking away.

 

created in Alexandria/Egypt and Salzburg 2007 and 2008

 

premiere 24 April 2007 at Arts Center Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt; premiere of the second version 10 October 2008 at Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater, Cairo Opera House Small Hall

 

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The episodes that Shehrezad tells in the stories of one thousand and one nights is the story of a city that transforms over night into copper, including all it’s inhabitants. Mahmoud Aboudoma’s adaption of this episode was developed in scenic-associative rehearsals into a dream-dramaturgy. The Egyptian-Austrian collaboration is the result of an intercultural artistic dialogue, vivid proof of this encounter between Orient and Occident.

 

As a starting point for the work of the dancers the apocalyptic motive was developed in scenic-associative rehearsals into a dream dramaturgy: As a score the text becomes a lens that focuses the sound of the words into a kaleidoscope of images, bodies, gestures, sentiments and affect into a mental stage. The scenic happenings break into a variety of mental scenes, that constitute the subjective and cultural memory.

 

 

 

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«Coppercity 1001» created 2007 in Alexandria/Egypt and Salzburg, reworked in 2008. Oriental version: premiere 24 April 2007 at Arts Center Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt occidental version: premiere 10 October 2008 at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater, Cairo Opera House Small Hall dance, creation: Zoé Alibert (FR), Barbara Motschiunik, Anna Maria Müller, Tomaž Simatovic (SI), Dante Murillo (CO), Editta Braun acting: Ahmad Abou Kharma (JO), Khaled Raafat (EG), Sara Rashad (EG) composition: Thierry Zaboitzeff (FR) light design: Peter Thalhamer text, idea, puppets, stage set: Mahmoud Aboudoma (EG) dramaturgy: Gerda Poschmann-Reichenau (DE) choreography, directing, costumes: Editta Braun A co-production of Brucknerhaus Linz, Alternative Theater Group Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and editta braun company. Touring Arts Center Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria/Ägypten, Brucknerhaus Linz, Szene Salzburg republic, World Performing Arts Festival Lahore/Pakistan, Amman International Theater Festival/Jordanien, tanz_house Festival Salzburg, Festival Österreich tanzt, St. Pölten, 24 heures de spéctacle de Kef, Tunesien, MomenTTum Festival Portoroz/Slowenien

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