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Bashar Murkus

Haïfa / Created in 2022

In this modern tragedy, women ceaselessly turn horror into incandescent beauty, embodying resilience.

MILK, Bashar Murkus, 2022 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


The floor is black, covered in sponges that absorb light and dampen noises. Then bodies of flesh and blood, women, enter. They are crying. Their white tears are tears of milk, the same milk they would have given their children, had they not been lost. Then bodies, medical dummies examined are piled up on the stage. Death and life are everywhere. In this new opus, the young Palestinian director talks about our world like a modern tragedy in which the disaster that strikes the bodies of women is visible, palpable, frightening. Women who, to survive, turn what surrounds and touches them into a landscape of incandescent beauty. They have the ancient power to transform the unspeakable. With all the power of ellipsis, this canonical, immersive, and empathetic tragedy shifts from black to white. With astonishing acuity, it reminds us that Bashar Murkus’s talent resides in his formidable ability to unfold a poetic and universal language as visual as it is sensual. A rare talent indeed.


With Firielle Al Jubeh, Eddie Dow, Samera Kadry, Shaden Kanboura, Salwa Nakkara, Reem Talhami, Samaa Wakim

Conception and direction Bashar Murkus
Dramaturgy Khulood Basel 
Music Raymond Haddad 
Set design and costumes Majdala Khoury  
Lights Muaz Al Jubeh
Accessories Khaled Muhtaseb 
Assistant direction Abed Al Jubeh  

Diffusion as is presenting arts


Production Khashabi Theatre (Haïfa), Khulood Basel 2022  
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre des 13 vents Centre dramatique national de Montpellier, Théâtre de Liège, Romaeuropa Festival,  Palestinian National Theatre El Hakawati (Jerusalem), Culture Resource,Théâtre Jean-Vilar (Vitry-sur-Seine), Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre (Brussels), Compagnie Théâtre Alibi - Fabrique de Théâtre (Bastia)
In partnership with France Médias Monde

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Press conference - 10 July

  • Press conference
  • Noémie Goudal
  • Maëlle Poésy
  • Bashar Murkus
  • Christophe Raynaud de Lage
  • Miet Warlop

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