Eleven Israeli athletes were taken hostages by Palestinian organization “The Black September” at the 1972 Munich Olympics, drenching the sporting event in blood. Rabih Mroué, one of the most prominent artists of the contemporary Middle East, has created a performance together with Palestinian political journalist Manal Khader that depicts this event from the point of view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – the play premiered at Munich Kammerspiele in 2015 and caused a huge sensation across the world.Tokyo is now on the verge of hosting its own Olympics. With this in mind, the piece will be specially restructured as a performative lecture for the 2019 rendition of Theater Commons Tokyo.
Mroué will focus on the grand narratives of the 1972 Olympic Games attack, what happened, why, and how. Outlining images that are manipulated and generated by the mass media – or rather, precisely the margins and historical gaps that they eschew. The past, described and reproduced; the present, where our failures are repeated; and a future we perhaps could have predicted…by disrupting fixed ideas of history, ingeniously intermingling multiple times and multiple narratives, how might we approach the “truth”?
Born in Lebanon in 1967 and currently residing in Berlin, Rabih Mroué is an actor, director, and playwright, as well as an artist offering some of the most radical depictions of the chaos and hopes of the contemporary Middle East. Blurring the line between truth and fiction, he brings a number of contemporary concerns to light in a diverse range of media, including video and the body. He was given the Spalding Grey Award in 2010 and the Prince Claus Award in 2011, and has been a resident artist at Munich Kammerspiele since 2015. With his invitations to Tokyo International Festival in 2004 and 2017, and to the 2013 rendition of Festival/Tokyo, Mroué has performed numerous times in Japan.
March 12th [Tue] / 19:00
March 13th [Wed] / 19:00
approx. 65 min.
1F Minato Park Shibaura, 1-16-1 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023
How to Participate
Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.
Arabic, English (with Japanese subtitles)
Concept, Written and Performed by Rabih Mroué
Produced by Münchner Kammerspiele
Subtitles translation by Toshifumi Fujiwara
Subtitles supervised by Fumiko Toda (Arts Commons Tokyo)
Venue support｜Minato City
Supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands