Kunstfest Weimar
Zürcher Theater Spektakel
Saadallah & Lubna Khalil Foundation
Napoli Teatro Festival Italia
Arab Arts Focus
Studio Emad Eddin & Ford Foundation
Studio Zoukak
Mahmoud Darwish Chair

‘Told by my mother’

12 Nov.'21
- 19:00

"I believe that my aunt Fatima did not pass away because of the cancer that consumed her lungs. She withered the moment she lost all hope of finding her missing son “Hassan”. 
A post-mortem autopsy would have uncovered that her heart was no longer lodged between those motherly ribs
Says choreographer Ali Chahrour, creator of the dance performance  « Told by my mother ».

The dance performance is anchored in genuine stories, intimate and heartfelt. 
Stories of iconic mothers and their families, some scattered or disappeared.
Stories told for the memory to survive and to celebrate what is left. 
The musical approach takes reference the songs of those very same families on occasions of grief and joy.
The audience will discover a living anthology of Arab folk songs cultural heritage.
The performance embodies family hardships and tragedies experienced by mothers: bodies, voices, and hidden small battles within dwellings of Beirut and its suburbs
Their voices take the stage, singing, retelling what once has been, and dancing to survive what remains. 

Ali Chahrour Direction & choreography
Hala Omran, Laila Chahrour, Abbas Al-Mawla, Ali Hout, Abed Kobeissy, Ali Chahrour Performers
Two or The Dragon: Ali Hout & Abed Kobeissy Music
Chadi Aoun Assistant director 
Ali Chahrour Production 
Chadi Aoun & Christel Salem Production managers
Guillaume Tesson, Ali Chahrour Scenography
Guillaume Tesson Light designer & Technical director 
Woody Naufal Sound designer
Myriam Boulos Photography
Khajak Apelian Lettering
Chadi Aoun Design & Layout
Isabelle Aoun Copywriting 




12 → 15

Beirut Echoes

Practical information


Hall M

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


  • Arabic
  • Subtitles: English French

Sound level

Level 2 ≤ 95 db



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  • Ali Chahrour


  • Ambassade de France au Liban (Institut Français de Beyrouth)
  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture "AFAC"
  • Barzakh
  • Beit el Laffe
  • Boghossian Foundation
  • Eid Press
  • KED
  • Mezyan
  • T-Marbouta
  • Tawlet