As part of Beirut World Book Capital, The French Cultural Mission presents:
Do not climb this mountain until you are sure it needs you.
«Rather than manipulated images, a full-blown video work was constructed for the performance by Kinda Hassan and Shaghig Arsoumanian. [...] Hassan’s video doubled as a set and an actor in the onstage action. Symbolic segments of creation and destruction – the glass blowing, a burning pyre bobbing on a silky mass of water – were interspersed with images of abandon. Sufi dancers filmed by Hassan in Cairo whirled and rotated their heads, a woman rolled in the shallows of a churning ocean. A lovely moment of interaction between video and performer saw Baddoura thrashing around onstage like the woman in the sea; a huge wave loomed and froze above Baddoura’s head, threatening to crush her. As Baddoura watched, the woman in the video, who now seemed to have become Baddoura’s proxy, disappeared beneath the water for what seemed an impossibly long time. The moment when she regained the surface was one of genuine relief.»
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)