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Picture: Ruud Gielens
Zig Zig by Laila Soliman
Picture: Ruud Gielens
Picture: Ruud Gielens
Zig Zig by Laila Soliman
Picture: Ruud Gielens
Picture: Ruud Gielens
Zig Zig by Laila Soliman
Picture: Ruud Gielens
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Laila Soliman

Zig Zig

The new work by Laila Soliman is based on court records from 1919: British soldiers were charged with attacking a farming village in Upper Egypt, raping the women and burning down houses. Twelve rape victims had mustered the courage to appear as witnesses in court. Five performers bring these inspiring and brave women to life. Due to a lack of Egyptian sources on the events, Soliman relies on court papers from the archive of the British Foreign Ministry. She links the witness testimonies of the time with current discussions about “rape culture.” Why are sexual attacks on women often downplayed, doubted or instrumentalised? How much has changed with time? In light of the current situation of women, not just in Egypt, “Zig Zig” impressively shows what it means to be delivered to the caprice of the authorities. Then as now. 
Past dates
April 2017
Arabic and English with German surtitles
Duration: 1:20
Directed by
Laila Soliman
Performed by
Mona Hala, Reem Hegab, Sherin Hegazy, Zainab Magdy, Nancy Mounir
Producer, Acting Coach & Lighting designer
Ruud Gielens
Costume Design
Lina Aly
Historical Research
Katharine Halls
Technical Management
Omar Madkour
English translation
Katharine Halls
Arabic translation
Shadi El- Husseiny
Production Management
Ebtihal Shedid
German translation
Anne Simmering, Ebtihal Shedid
Production: SHISH (Brussels / Cairo). Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), FFT (Düsseldorf), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt Office for International Cooperation (Cairo) CairoD-CAF (Cairo), House on Fire with support of the Cultural Programme of the European Union. In cooperation with Mahatat for Contemporary Art (Cairo), 15/3 Studios (Cairo),  Goethe-Institut (Cairo)