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M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2019 - JOGGING : Theatre in Progress by Hanane Hajj Ali (Lebanon | France)

Hanane, a fifty-something year old Lebanese actress and citizen, exercises daily to avoid osteoporosis, obesity, and depression.

As she takes walks through both secluded and open spaces in Beirut, she revisits dreams, desires, hopes, disillusionments, characters and roles—most of which reveal themselves to be contemporary Medeas with whom she shares some commonalities.

The effects of this daily routine of jogging are contradictory. Her body is stimulated through exercise with two hormones, dopamine and adrenaline, both alternating between destruction and construction. Their natural cycles within Hanane—woman, wife and mother—echo that of her city, one that destroys to build and builds to destroy.

Winner of the Vertebra Prize for Best Actor at Summerhall/Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Co-produced by: Heinrich Bol Stiftung Middle East, Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon and British Council Lebanon

With the support of:

Arab Fund For Arts and Culture, Lebanese Ministry of Culture and Robert A. Matta Foundation

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17 Oct 2018, 5pm


Arabic with English surtitles


Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

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  • No admission for infant in arms and child aged below 13 years old 
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Concept, Text and Performance – Hanane Hajj Ali

Born in Lebanon, Hanane Hajj Ali is an actress, author, researcher, and cultural activist; a prominent figure in the cultural and artistic scene in the Arab region. Her artistic career started in 1978 as a founding member of the Hakawati Theater (Lebanese Theatre of Storytellers) and she has performed in prestigious theatres and festivals, completing several regional and international tours.

Director and Scenography Designer – Eric Deniaud

Eric Deniaud graduated from the National University in the Arts of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières. He is the Director of French puppet company ExtraMuros and also a Co-Founder of Collective Kahraba in Lebanon. For the past ten years, Eric has been working as an actor, set designer, and director in various international projects, including the National Puppet Theatre of Vietnam and Le Conservatoire National Supérieur d’art Dramatique. Since 2011, he is also the co-director of Nehna wel Amar Jiran, a multidisciplinary festival in Beirut, and has been working as a puppeteer and actor with S’appelle Reviens since 2015. Recently, he directed Collective Kahraba’s Landscape of our Tears that toured France and Lebanon in 2016.

Dramaturg – Abdullah El Kafri

Abdullah is a playwright, cultural activist and a founding member and Executive Manager of Ettijahat-Independent Culture. His text Damascus—Aleppo was awarded first place in the 19th Mohammad Teymour Competition for Theatrical Creativity, which was also shortlisted as a finalist in the BBC Competition for Best Translated Work in 2008. A regular participant at conferences and forums on culture and art, he has collaborated with art organisations such as LIFT (UK), the Lark (USA), and the Royal Court (UK), and was the co-organiser for Miniatures: A Month for Syria (2013) and Agora: Platform for Theatre Labs (2014) in Beirut. Abdullah is currently a PhD Student at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.

“Erotic, spiritual, self-aware and utterly mesmerising: there are not enough words to aptly describe Hanane Hajj Ali’s JOGGING. [...] This performance will leave you in awe: JOGGING is theatre at its most profound and significant whilst remaining current and down to earth.”
- Madelaine Sanders, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"JOGGING is one of the most daring stage pieces I’ve seen in the Arab region in a long time. Although it tackles such difficult issues like religion and sexual relations, it does so in the most intelligent and thoughtful way, often combining deep reflection with satire. Hanane Hajj Ali is a well-known and experienced actress, but she has surpassed all expectations in JOGGING…”
- Basma EL HUSSEINY, Director of Action for Hope and former Media, Arts & Culture Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa
“A conceptually adventurous exploration of place, identity, and mythology, JOGGING is gloriously unpredictable and compelling…. The play presents a radical challenge to the stereotypes and prejudices that afflict global perceptions of Arab women, and it is clear that Hajj Ali is a powerful theatre-maker who refuses to be silenced.”
- Cat Acheson, The Skinny
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Event Date
Wed, 16 - Thu, 17 Jan 2019

Wed & Thur: 8pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$27 (Free Seating)