Wednesday, October 23rd, | 9:00pm, and Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 8:00pm at Al Madina Theater

1. A gurgling, rumbling, or squeaking noise from the abdomen that is caused by the movement of gas through the bowels 

2. A sound indicating shortage or saturation 

3. An unintelligible discourse

4. An embarrassing—albeit not dangerous—situation

5. A play about all the above and more

Borborygmus, or fragments of thoughts and feelings about life, death, and the digestive system. Apparently, it is about disillusion and failure; about three human beings, three artists, who have surrendered to the sad reality of today. But in fact, it is an attempt to grasp our failure and push it to its extreme, as an ultimate form of resistance. Fiercely, but without rancor, Lina Madjdalanie, Rabih Mroué, and Mazen Kerbaj perform a score, a black comedy, a requiem for the living, about the world today. 

Written, directed and performed by: Lina Majdalanie, Mazen Kerbaj, Rabih Mroué; Light and sound design, technical direction: Thomas Köppel; Light: Arno Truschinski; English translation: Ziad Nawfal; Music of the first scene: “La Forza Del Destino – Ouverture” by Giuseppe Verdi; Thanks to Samir Khaddaj

Commissioned by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Co-production: Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Wiener Festwochen; Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Beirut Office 

Rabih Mroué (b. 1967, Beirut) is a theatre director, actor, visual artist, and playwright currently living in Berlin. Rooted in theatre, his visual work includes videos, drawings, and installations which often incorporates photography and text. Mroué is a contributing editor for The Drama Review (TDR) and a cofounder of the Beirut Art Center. He is also an associate theatre director at Kammerspiele Munich. Mroué has performed and exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); SALT Galata and SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul (2014); CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2012–13); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York (2010); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); among others. He was a fellow at the International Research Center’s “Interweaving Performance Cultures”, Freie Universität  Berlin between 2012 and 2014. 

Lina Majdalanie is a Lebanese actress, director, and playwright. Her works include: Do I Know you? (2017); A Drop of Sweat (2015); 33 rpm and a few seconds (2012); Photo-Romance (2009); Appendice (2007); I Had A Dream, Mom (2006); Biokhraphia (2002); among others. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including Relatively Universal, HAU-Berlin (2017); Beyond Beirut, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (2016); Vues, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France (2015); and Motion-Less, Tanzquartier Wien (2009). She taught at HEAD, Geneva; DasArts, Amsterdam; and Goethe University, Frankfurt. Majdalanie was a member of Home Workspace Program’s Curricular Committee at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut from 2010 until 2014, and a fellow at the International Research Center’s “Interweaving Performance Cultures”, Freie Universität, Berlin between  2009 and 2010. She adopted the pseudonym Lina Majdalanie in April 2015.

Mazen Kerbage (b. 1975, Beirut) is a Lebanese visual artist, musician, and comics artist currently based in Berlin. He is considered one of the initiators and key figures of the Lebanese free improvisation and experimental music scene. Kerbaj is a co-founder of Irtijal, an annual improvisation music festival, and of Al Maslakh, the first label for experimental music in the region. As a trumpet player, Kerbaj pushes the sonic boundaries of his instrument, forging a singular sound and innovative musical language. Since 2000, he has performed in numerous solo and group performances across the Middle East, Europe, Canada and the US. Kerbaj is the author of more than fifteen graphic books and short stories published in local and international anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. His visual artwork has been shown in galleries, museums, and art fairs around the world. He was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2015.

This event is part of Home Works 8: A Forum on Cultural Practices.

Photo by Bobby Rogers