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Art Alert: Le Prince Séquestré returns at El-Warsha

Le Prince Séquestré, a collaborative performance joining French L’entreprise and Egyptian El Warsha troupes, will be staged on 8 and 9 April as part of D-CAF festival

Ahram Online, Monday 7 Apr 2014
Le Prince Séquestré
Le Prince Séquestré. (Photo: courtesy of D-CAF)

Le Prince Séquestré returns again this year on 8 and 9 April, although it premiered in Marseille in 2013 and was already performed in last year's edition of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF).

Written and directed by François Cervantes, Le Prince Séquestré brought together the French L’entreprise and the Egyptian El Warsha troupes. This collaborative project was primarily conducted by Cervantes and Hassan El-Geretly, founder of El Warsha Theatre Company, with the aim of building a bridge between artists on either side of the Mediterranean.

With its history reaching to 2009, this creative performance explores the figure of a clown -- a character that hardly exists in Egypt. According to the artists: "The clown is also a symbol of incomprehension between the cultures: this half-wit who stumbles about without ever finding his place."

The performance simultaneously depicts an encounter between two friends who had become separated for an extended period of time and who find it difficult to communicate, or even coexist, in a world that has been torn apart.

Tuesday 8 April and Wednesday 9 April at 7pm
El Warsha, 17, Sherif St, Downtown, Cairo

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