Egypt's play The Last Supper to take part in Avignon Festival official selection

Ahram Online , Monday 25 May 2015

The 69th edition of the Festival d’Avignon will take place between four and 25 July

The Last Supper
Scene from The Last Supper directed by Ahmed El-Attar. (Photo: Moustapha Abdel-Ati)

Written and directed by Ahmed El Attar, the theatre play titled The Last Supper is the official selection of this year's Festival d’Avignon (Avignon Festival), France. The festival will take place between four and 25 July, and The Last Supper will be performed over six days, beginning 18 July.

The cast includes Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Ahmed Farag, Mona Farag, Mahmoud El Haddad, Mohamed Hatem, Ramsi Lehner, Nanda Mohammad, AbdelRahman Nasser, Sayed Ragab, Mona Soliman and Marwa Tharwat.

The Last Supper premiered in November 2014 at the Falaki Theatre in Cairo and soon after was performed at the Grand Plateau of La Friche Belle de Mai during the 9th Edition of the ‘Rencontres à l’échelle’ Festival – Marseille, France. The play was staged again in February this year in Cairo. Read our review here.

Though Egyptian artists take part in the festival in a broad spectrum of disciplines-- music, theatre and exhibitions-- it is usually in the festival-off, a segment that offers a large assortment of events running in parallel to the official selection. The Last Supper is the only entry from Egypt in the official selection this year.

Created in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the Festival d’Avignon, is recognised on a national and international level, as one of the most important cultural meetings in France.

This year, in it's 69th edition, the festival will present a few dozen theatre and interdisciplinary performances in its official selection. The festival-off will additionally infuse the city with over 1300 different shows, involving nearly 8,000 artists from France and over 25 other countries, according to the organisers.

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