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Rabih Mroué

Riding on a Cloud

Part of Out There 2016

“[Mroué is] to Beirut what the Wooster Group is to New York: a blend of avant-garde innovation, conceptual complexity and political urgency, all grounded in earthy humor.” —New York Times

Based on his brother Yasser’s personal experiences during the Lebanese civil war, Rabih Mroué presents an idiosyncratic and moving performance combining prerecorded video, images, and text. “Riding on a Cloud is an accomplished piece of theater, at once emotionally moving and bristling with intelligence, its story both intensely personal and utterly universal” (Daily Star, Lebanon). Yasser himself is the primary performer; at age 23 he was shot in the head by a sniper. The impairments to his mental and physical functions prompted this engrossing meditation on the complex relationship between memory, fiction, and political reality. In Arabic with English surtitles. Presented in association with Mizna.

Mroué’s The Pixelated Revolution was presented at the Walker as part of Out There 2012.

Get More Out There

Don’t miss your chance to talk with the artists and each other. The Balcony Bar is open one hour before and after all shows.

  • Thursday Meet the artists at a postshow reception in the Balcony Bar.

  • Friday Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.

  • Saturday Join the artists for Saturday morning Inside Out There Workshop. Advance reservations recommended.

In the evening, join a postshow SpeakEasy conversation, led by local artists and tour guides.

Save with an Out There Series Package

Ticket package includes all four Out There shows: $75 ($65 Walker members). Purchase a series package online, visit the Walker box office, or call 612.375.7600.

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Support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.