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7th edition of Egypt's 2B Continued Lab and Festival to take place in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor

This year's festival kicks off in Cairo on 13 February, moves to Alexandria and concludes on 23 February with performances in Luxor

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Feb 2018
The Absentee
Ali Khamis's The Absentee (Photo: fragment from the promotional material, courtesy of the 2B Continued Lab and Festival)
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The 7th edition of 2B Continued Lab and Festival, which is organised by Studio Emad Eddin, will be held in three different locations across Egypt: at Cairo's Falaki Theatre between 13 and 15 February, at Alexandria's Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria on 19 and 20 February and at the Luxor Cultural Palace on 23 February.

The festival's official press release explains that "as part of the lab/festival, every other year, four promising theatre directors and choreographers are chosen from a range of applicants and given the space, funds, and guidance to produce their work."

"They are also paired with set designers, light designers, stage managers, and experienced technical staff, who participated in Studio Emad Eddin's workshops, they help the directors and choreographers to bring their pieces to life under the guidance of local and international professional mentors," the statement conlcudes.

This year, the festival will showcase four performances. Two are in dance: The Absentee and Utopia, and two are plays: The Honeymoon and I.

The first dance performance, Utopia, is choreographed by Nagham Salah. It features Salah along with other dancers: Mounir Said, Mouna Gameel, Ahmed Azmi and Dalia Fakhr.

The second performance is The Absentee, choreographed by Ali Khamis who also performs in the work as well as dancers Nicole Boerick, Amany Atef, and Salma Salem.

The theatre play titled I is Moustafa Khalil’s adaptation from Samuel Beckett's play Not I. It consists of a monologue where only the mouth of a woman is shown, reflecting her state of mind, and existential emotional conflicts.

Finally, The Honeymoon is a one-act play adopted from Writer in His Honeymoon by Ali Salem. It deals with the fears of an artist, his psychological and worldly struggles, which reflect of the issues of a generation.

"As in the previous edition, the mentor for the directors' program will be Studio Emad Eddin's founder Ahmed El Attar. Meanwhile, the mentor for the dance program will be renowned French choreographer Laurence Rondoni, director of the Descent-Danse company for contemporary dance. The mentor for the scenography program will be Lebanese stage and set designer Hussein Baydoun, while stage and production managers will be mentored by Mram Abdel Maqsoud, and finally the light designer mentor is Saber El Sayed," explains the press release.

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