A show about how to make a show

April 2015

Lee Serle, who was dance protégé in 2010, with Maya Zbib at Beirut’s  Zoukak Theatre, which she co-founded nine years ago. Zbib was the theatre protégée in 2010.

Lee Serle, who was dance protégé in 2010, with Maya Zbib at Beirut’s Zoukak Theatre, which she co-founded nine years ago. Zbib was the theatre protégée in 2010.

Mateo López and Zoukak collaborator Nathalie Harb.

Mateo López and Zoukak collaborator Nathalie Harb.

As part of the creative encounter, there was a daily workshop at Zoukak Theatre.  From left:  Antonio García Ángel, Lee Serle, Maya Zbib and Mateo López.

As part of the creative encounter, there was a daily workshop at Zoukak Theatre. From left: Antonio García Ángel, Lee Serle, Maya Zbib and Mateo López.

The script for the eventual performance was based on lists, such as this one featuring things people have forgotten.

The script for the eventual performance was based on lists, such as this one featuring things people have forgotten.

Working alongside the protégés were Zoukak’s co-founders and collaborators. 
Top: Omar Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Lee Serle, Lamia Abi Azar, Khaled Yassine.
Bottom: Junaid Sariedine, Antonio García Ángel, Maya Zbib, Mateo López.

Working alongside the protégés were Zoukak’s co-founders and collaborators. Top: Omar Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Lee Serle, Lamia Abi Azar, Khaled Yassine. Bottom: Junaid Sariedine, Antonio García Ángel, Maya Zbib, Mateo López.

Choreographer Lee Serle led the dance workshop.

Choreographer Lee Serle led the dance workshop.

The artists consider what to put into a list about things that should go into a box, part of a creative exercise in writing.

The artists consider what to put into a list about things that should go into a box, part of a creative exercise in writing.

Everyone was asked to draw a representation of their concept of dinner. Lee Serle recalled a map on a family table cloth.

Everyone was asked to draw a representation of their concept of dinner. Lee Serle recalled a map on a family table cloth.

Eventually the artists’ drawings were cut up into table mats and attached to the wall for the performance.

Eventually the artists’ drawings were cut up into table mats and attached to the wall for the performance.

As part of his visual arts workshop, Mateo López asked the group to draw a ruler from memory.

As part of his visual arts workshop, Mateo López asked the group to draw a ruler from memory.

Mateo López showed the artists how to create a simple box by cutting and pasting paper together, thereby taking a two-dimensional experience into a  third dimension.

Mateo López showed the artists how to create a simple box by cutting and pasting paper together, thereby taking a two-dimensional experience into a third dimension.

The “encounter” in Beirut finished with a public performance.

The “encounter” in Beirut finished with a public performance.