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The Theater by the Deaf

In the framework of “Perceptions”, Red Oak is preparing a theater performance with deaf children and youth.

“Perceptions” is a project that aims at empowering youth with disabilities through performing arts and raising awareness on their situation in Lebanon.

This project is supported by the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) and Dar Al Aytam.

In the framework of “Perceptions”, Red Oak is preparing a theater performance with deaf children and youth.

“Perceptions” is a project that aims at empowering youth with disabilities through performing arts and raising awareness on their situation in Lebanon.

This project is supported by the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) and Dar Al Aytam.

Perceptions, The Theater by the Blind and Deaf 2019-2020

"PERCEPTIONS", THE THEATER BY THE BLIND AT SUNFLOWER THEATER

 

In light of the spread of Coronavirus, and in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Health, Red Oak postponed the performance “Perceptions” scheduled to take place at the Sunflower Theater.

This project is supported by the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF), in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Lebanese School for the Blind and Deaf.

 

In light of the spread of Coronavirus, and in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Health, Red Oak postponed the performance “Perceptions” scheduled to take place at the Sunflower Theater.

Elephant in the Dark

We have the pleasure to cordially invite you to the blindfold walk performance “Elephant in the Dark” on Saturday, September 28 at MACAM in Alita- Byblos.

The performance starts at 7 pm in an open space where you become the performer.

 

This project is supported by AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in collaboration with MACAM and Red Oak.

 

This event is open to the public.

Booking is required. Call 03.197 900 or e-mail to redoaklb@gmail.com

 

Location: MACAM (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum)

Alita|Byblos, at Nahr Ibrahim, exit Qartaba, 7km uphill

 

About the performance:

 

What does obscurity teach us about the real, the space, and ourselves? What does it tell us that we could not know otherwise? When we remove the focal point of an image, what is left? What is left to see?

 

By experimenting and ultimately sculpting, blindfolded, in the dark, I began answering these questions myself. This became the starting point of my artistic journey, total obscurity as a platform of experimentation. Through my interactive art performance “Please Touch”, I questioned the role of sight and vision as a contemporary tool, preferring the physical act of touching in artistic creation, and the relation of this tactile experience to memory. Realizing that touching art could trigger intense emotions that allow us to enjoy again this wonderful gift - the sense of touch, I understood that art was not just for the eyes but that depriving the sense of sight reveals this enormity of this glorious gift, our sense of touch.

 

"Elephant in the Dark” is inspired by a Hindu parable and Jalal al-Din’s poem, where darkness takes another dimension, deprivation of sight and the heightened sense of touch becomes the point of origin of thought and doubt. A questioning of our blind certainty.

 

To submit the dark is to renounce to everything we know and think we know. To all that we think and believe to be right. It is accepting to get lost, to be in a place without direction.

 

This exploration in darkness allowed me to become aware that in order to be available to the thought, it is necessary to change perspective and to think with the whole body. Thus, the tactile touch of the hand becomes a tactile contact of the foot with the ground. 

 

A barefoot that fondles, that slows down, that hears to its own steps, that seeks its own direction, that gets lost every time it tries to anchor itself in the world… a foot that advances in an open space, in an infinity of possibilities, that rediscovers the meaning of the horizon, that arrives elsewhere, travels to places it never thought existed.

We have the pleasure to cordially invite you to the blindfold walk performance “Elephant in the Dark” on Saturday, September 28 at MACAM in Alita- Byblos.

Perceptions, The Theater by the Blind and Deaf 2019-2020

“PERCEPTIONS, The Theater by the Blind and Deaf” aims at empowering youth with disabilities through performing arts and raising awareness on their situation in Lebanon.

This project is funded by the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF).

According to the United Nations, there are an estimate of 10-15% of the Lebanese population with physical, sensory, intellectual or mental disabilities. In 2000, Lebanon adopted the Law 220 to improve the livelihood conditions of people with disabilities (PwD) and guarantee their equal rights as any other citizens, one of the most progressive in the Middle East region, although it excludes disabilities that are not physical. However, discriminations and lack of access to specialized services remained prevalent notably in the medical and education sectors, according to a UNESCO’s report on social inclusion of young persons with disabilities in 2013, due notably to poor governance and lack of public plans. Only in July 2018, the new Ministry of Labour decided to oblige the private sector to hire a certain number of employees with disabilities. Nevertheless, the issues and challenges faced by the PwD in Lebanon are largely not known by the general public, and thus behaviours towards this population often rely on charitable or medical approaches to disabilities rather than the social or right’s based ones. 

In this context, Red Oak wants to focus on the development of children and youth with disabilities in Lebanon and empower them to know and defend their rights through performing arts in partnership with the Lebanese School for the Blind and Deaf (LSBD), Dar al Aytam, and two public schools in Lebanon. The project engages two groups of young blind and deaf students in theater performance. Through these performances, Red Oak gives a voice to young blind and deaf students, build these students’ self-esteem, encourage tolerance and communication and raise awareness on their situation and rights in a country where they remain largely invisible.  

 

“PERCEPTIONS, The Theater by the Blind and Deaf” aims at empowering youth with disabilities through performing arts and raising awareness on their situation in Lebanon.

This project is funded by the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF).