Lina Saneh et Rabih Mroué

It was on a documentary theatre directly linked to their country's situation that Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué began a collaboration after their theatre art studies in Beirut, where both of them were born in 1966. Ceaselessly questioning theatre practice as it can further develop in today's world, they cross different forms to imagine a new way of writing a narrative on the stage. Plays, performances, video installations, everything is possible to query the social and political realities of a Lebanon that has trouble looking directly at its history and its contradictions. But the way that Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué have of being truly close to Lebanese issues by favouring a permanent dialogue between art and reality permits them to be clearly heard above and beyond their country's borders. Pooling their personal research, which they can also develop separately, they propose genuine documentary investigations and build fictions that communicate in an intentionally political fashion, often risky and with total freedom. Their work could be discovered at the Festival d'Avignon in 2009 with the premiere of Photo-Romance and the presentation of Looking for a Missing Employee.

JFP, April, 2012