Syrian Wael Ali's play 'Under Low Skies' to premiere in Napoli, Italy

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jun 2019

The play will be performed twice at the Napoli Teatro Festival, supported by the Arab Arts Focus

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Documentary theatre piece Under Low Skies by Wael Ali (Photo: part of promotional material/AAF)

The documentary theatre piece Under Low Skies (Sous Un Ciel Bas) from Syrian director Wael Ali will have its world premiere at Italy's Napoli Teatro Festival this June.

Under Low Skies considers the questions surrounding theatre and reality and how they affect each other as it combines documentary with spectacle on stage.

"How do you create theatre when reality is affected by perpetual and violent changes? When war invades your home country whilst you are away? Who is the audience for such a theatre performance?"

The play will be performed on 21 and 22 June.

Ali's performance is part of the Arab Arts Focus, a child company of Egypt's Studio Emad Eddin Foundation created to help produce and showcase works of theatre from the Arab world to an international audience.

Ali is a Syrian writer and director who graduated from the Higher Institute of Performing Arts in Damascus in 2004 and holds a Master's in Performing Arts from Lumière University in Lyon, France.

In 2014, he wrote and directed You Know I Don't Remember, which was performed at the Abbad Al-Shams Theatre in Beirut and later in other locations and at various festivals, including the Gorki Theatre in Berlin, the Maison d'Europe et d'Orient and the Confluences in Paris, the Toneelhuis in Anvers, Belgium, and at the Carthage Theatre Festival in Tunis.

In 2016, he directed Temporary Title, a text written in collaboration with Lebanese actress Chrystèle Khodr.

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