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Hanane Hajj Ali (Lebanon) | STET The English Theatre
Fundraiser for Action for Hope
za 21 sep - 20:15
za 21 sep 2024
  • za 21 sep 2024
    Theater aan het Spui
    Zaal 2

STET’s production team and Het Nationale Theater are delighted to invite Hanane and her inspirational performance Jogging back after the success of 2022. This time in cooperation for a good cause: raising funds to help artists in Gaza to continue their artistic work.

Hanane Hajj Ali is many women. She is a Lebanese actor and playwright. A feminist and a political activist. A mother and a wife. In her award-winning play Jogging, a humorous, revealing and finally dark performance, she inhabits four women and asks herself: “Who is Medea today in a torn city like Beirut”?

Proceeds from the ticket sales go to Action for Hope, you can choose between three amounts of donations when ordering your ticket.

The four women Hanana portrays are herself, the Medea of Euripides’s ancient Greek tragedy; and two contemporary Lebanese women, one who kills her children and herself, and another who sacrifices her children to the wars of the Middle East.

As a now fifty-something year old woman, Hanane exercises daily to avoid osteoporosis, obesity, and depression. The effects of her daily routine are contradictory. As a matter of fact, two hormones are stimulated in her body: Dopamine and Adrenaline. Two hormones that are alternatively destructive and constructive, amidst a city of Beirut that destroys to build and builds to destroy.

Alone on stage, jogging, Hanane – woman, wife and mother – lifts the veil on her identity. While becoming an ‘unveiled’ performer, her multiple personas progressively parade to fit together like Russian dolls, with the exploration of Medea’s motivations as a central theme.

Who is Medea today in a torn city like Beirut?

Hanane Hajj Ali

In the media

“This a moving and visceral piece of theatre.” BroadwayBaby

“This is the best kind of theatre – it provokes as much as it entertains.” FringeReview

"Rarely do you see a monologue played so physically and with such dedication. It's ninety minutes of running, jumping, flying, diving, falling, getting up and continuing again. The Lebanese throws everything she has into the performance that was banned for quite some time in the Lebanese theaters, but with which she toured all over the world." THEATERKRANT