3 februari t/m 1 maart
Alaa Minawi Performance Artist Belonging

What does it mean to be invisible in a society?

Libanees-Palestijnse theatermaker en scenograaf Alaa Minawi onderzoekt in zijn cyclus 2048 wat het betekent om ergens ‘thuis te horen'. Je leest zijn onderzoek in het Engels. 

In his performance cycle 2048, Palestinian-Lebanese performance artist Alaa Minawi has explored the concept of ‘belonging’ in different ways. For the third iteration of the project, he asked himself the question: what does it mean to be ‘visible’ or ‘invisible’ in a society? And can a certain ‘invisibility’ also be useful, as a way to more easily rebel against the system or as a way to stay off the radar of governmental institutions? In order to answer these questions, Minawi organised round table discussions about the subject and created a series of small performative interventions in the most hidden and least visible spaces of Het Huis.

Minawi's autonomous work caught our eye

Alaa Minawi has a background as a light designer and scenographer, creating beautiful set and light designs for successful performances by Daria Bukvic and Saman Amini. But it’s his autonomous work that caught our eye. In his performative installations, Minawi uses his visual intelligence to create spaces that immerse the audience in his world – a space where borders are fluid, and where he gently asks the audience about their relationship to ‘belonging’. What decides whether or not you really belong somewhere? By drawing from his personal experience and gently interrogating his audience about their beliefs and values, he creates a safe space to exchange ideas, making political theatre that never feels like it’s lecturing the audience.

'Minawi uses his visual intelligence to create spaces that immerse the audience in his world'

- Marijn Lems, dramaturg Het Huis Utrecht

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