Pesaus a contus / كلنا حكايات is part of “On the move! Un teatro in viaggio per il Libano” cooperation project between Cherimus (Sardinia) and Hammana Artist House (Lebanon) financed by the Regione Autonoma della Sardegna.
The project involved eight performing artists based in Lebanon:
Maya Aghniadis, composer e arranger Sarah Almoneem, performance artist Patricia Habchy, director Monà Hallab, soprano Nivine Kallas, performance artist and director Tracy Khoueiry, performance artist Chantal Mailhac, storyteller and musician Sarah Mashmoushy, performance artist
and two artists based in Sardinia:
Carlo Spiga, visual artist e musician Sara Deidda, photographer and filmmaker
During an artistic residency at the Hammana Artist House, the artists developed and staged two new performances: “Tarantism”, created and directed by Nivine Kallas and “The longest night of my life”, created and directed by Chantal Mailhac.. Over two intense weeks, artists shared the same spaces, lived in the cozy and welcoming environment of Hammana and activated moments of artistic discussion with the artists of Hammana Artist House, which helped the artists in residence to stage two new performances for the first time.
At the end of the two weeks, the performances had their debut in Hammana with an audience of youg students from the town’s schools. Subsequently the theatre tour continued in Rmeileh, at the “Centre socio éducatif Fratelli” and in Beirut at the Islamic orphanage.
Carlo Spiga collaborated with Nivine Kallas, Sarah Mashmoushy, Sarah Almoneem, and Tracy Khoueiry to create an original score for the performance “Tarantism” using Sardinian traditional and experimental instruments. Sara Deidda has created a documentary to narrate the project by working closely with the artists, exchanging ideas and engaging with the participants as well as the Hammana staff.
Il documentario “Pesaus a contus / كلنا حكايات was presented for the first time in the Spazio Antas of San Sperate on 27 September 2022.
All the images used on the website are made by Sara Deidda.
“On the move! Un teatro in viaggio per il Libano” also supported the sustainability of the social and artistic initiatives of Hammana Artist House for marginalized communities within Lebanon, in the form of a donation of a powerful rechargeable battery system that will help to run some of the activities that are at ‘present severely hampered by the serious economic and energetic crisis that the country is going through.