Stage works

D-Sysiphe

Award-winning Tunisian actor and director Meher Awachri performs a night in the life of Khmais, a Tunisian construction worker in the midst of an existential crisis.

Estranged from his family, exploited at work, and struggling with his faith, Khmais is based on the myth of Sisyphus as interpreted by Camus. A monologue (in Arabic with English subtitles) with contemporary dance and physical theatre, D-Sisyphe confronts topics of religion, revolution and individual will.

Having won first prize at the Thespis International Monodrama Festival, Germany, Meher Awachri has toured D-Sisyphe to critical acclaim all over Europe and North America. This is its UK premiere.

Shubbak by Arts Canteen, July 19, 2015

Hamlet

A physical theatre version of Hamlet. In an arts complex in one of the rough neighbourhoods of the Tunisian capital, four actors are rehearsing Hamlet. But why? What connection do they have with the issues raised by the play and with Hamlet himself? What pushes them to perform? Is there a need for their theatre?

The Cryer, 22 – 25 November 2015

Plastic

In Plastic, Dancing on the Edge’s opening show and one of the four world premieres, Awachri offered a funny look at the stereotypes Westerners hold about the Arabs, and vice versa. ‘During one of my international projects,’ he said during an exchange meeting about the Arab theater world, ‘I challenged my group of performers of different nationalities to talk about the cultural differences between us. We then gave them shape in the form of comedy. After that episode, we had left them behind. We could concentrate on our commonalities, on our mutual bonds.’ 

Escaping the Exotic: Finding New Common Ground with the Middle East

DEC 11, 2015 by JOOST RAMAERin FESTIVALS

https://www.culturebot.org/author/jramaer

Artistic Meetings

Shu’ara›

Teatro mediterraneo occupato Palermo, March 2015

video. Piero Consentino musiche. Mattia Pirandello Shu’ara› di. Alessandra Fabbri e Meher Debbich Awachri musiche. Michele Ambrose scene. Mattia Pirandello prodotto da. Teatro Mediterraneo Occupato «Au debout il n’y avait rien jusqu› ils on ecrit le premier mot. Au debout il y avait tout, sauf les langues. Quant› ils ont commencé a toucher, ils ont commencé a donner des noms. Et quand les choses sont nommées, ils ont commencé à construir les sens. En autre mond de sons, des phonems, des lettres, a commencé à être notre refuge, notre prison, notre condition d’éxistence. » (Meher Awachri)

Shu’ara› focalizza l’attenzione sull’importanza delle parole, sul peso che hanno nelle nostre vite e nella nostra società, sulle problematiche della comunicazione, sullo sforzo del comprendere e del farsi comprendere, sull’energia necessaria al cambiamento, sul senso di responsabilità che occorre per cambiare il mondo. La figura del poeta riconnette idealmente per noi tutti questi elementi e simboleggia il nostro ostinato agire quotidiano. Così come i poeti conducono la loro battaglia con i limiti del linguaggio allo scopo di esprimere l’inesprimibile per mezzo di parole, noi pure combattiamo con i limiti della nostra capacità di comunicare. Quali sono gli strumenti per cambiare il mondo, ammesso che sia possibile farlo? Come possiamo cambiare il mondo quando ciascuno è bloccato nella propria stessa identità? Allora, forse, siamo solo sognatori e, come i poeti, siamo intenti a esprimere lo sforzo dell’utopia.

KONN

Trailer of research process 2012

Konn is an interdisciplinary piece of performance and visual art. Elements of physical theatre could be recognised in a dynamic performance that provokes the observers to ask themselves what it means to be nothing? Where can they find themselves in this complexity?
The elements of movement, visual art and sound play an equal role in the piece, creating a balanced organism of performance. Each element discusses the philosophical topic in its own way.

The element of two bodies is a second stage in our research. Their connection and communication or the lack of it, becomes a constant trigger point in our research and the final piece.
Furthermore, Konn is exploring the relationship between organic movement in artificial context and artificial movement in organic context. Is there conflict or fusion within these elements? The organic being is disrupted in the sphere of the society and it does not take long until the baby slowly affects by this.

Konn is an interdisciplinary piece of performance and visual art. Elements of physical theatre could be recognised in a dynamic performance that provokes the observers to ask themselves what it means to be nothing? Where can they find themselves in this complexity?
The elements of movement, visual art and sound play an equal role in the piece, creating a balanced organism of performance. Each element discusses the philosophical topic in its own way.

Press

NIGHT IN TUNISIA THE STORY

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على المسرحيين الجدد أن يتمردوا على جيل الآباء

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ESCAPING THE EXOTIC: FINDING NEW COMMON GROUND WITH THE MIDDLE EAST

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المسرح مقاومة ضد الانغلاق الفكري

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Dance as Metaphor, Language and Lens

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FLUIDØ is VIRUS, SEX, HACK, DRUG & CONSPIRACY.

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Tunesischer Sisyphos

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PLASTIC

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Make your move

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«رسالة إلى أمي » رؤية تنبؤية لثورة 14 جانفي بتونس

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Nachtgasten on the edge

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‹التوانسة› يطلقون من رام الله صرخة راقصة ضد الجدار

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Meher Debbich Awachri

A professional since 2000 in the arts, he earned a bachelor‘s degree in 2005 from high school of arts (theater specialty), from the national Higher Institute of Dramatic Art (staging and interpretation specialty) in June 2011.

From 1997 to 1999, Meher has played in five different theatrical creations, framed, in this time, the young students of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Tunis; Jaafer Guesmi and Yahaya Faidi and Nacib Barhoumi, in this time of passion, the talented young actor took the award for best actor Ali Ben Ayed amateur theater festival in 1998.

In 2000 Meher had the courage to make his first adaptation and staging „Wings“ based on the „Stranger“ by Albert Camus in cooperation with his accompanying creator Haythem Mensi, and just after a year he started his professional career playing in „The devils“ by Hedi Abbas and Yahaya Feidi, “letter to my mother” by Saleh Feleh, „The Olive leaf“ with the Famous Tunisian Choreographer Nawel Skandrani.

From 2003 to 2011 Meher played, danced and wrote in different theater performances for adults and kids. After „Wings“ in 1999 and „Silence“ project his bachelor in 2005, In 2011 Meher decided to launch his final study project „D- Sisyphe“ into national and international professional market.

„D-Sisyphe“ was turned into a professional production, and was awarded with 1st prize in the Thespis International Monodrama Festival in Kiel, Germany in 2012. The piece was shown also in the Netherlands, London, Canada, Lithuania, Belarus, Cyprus, and Dubai. „Hamlet“ (2014) was shown in Tunisia, London and India. „Plastic“ (2015) had a successful showing and good reviews between Netherlands, Italy and London. His most recent project „R.C.D“ is an upcoming collaboration with the Tunisian national theater in 2018.

From 2014 to 2016 he realized six international productions with Dancing on the edge festival (Netherlands), Teatro Medetirano Occupato (Italy), Sutton theatres (London), Volcano Company (Canada), Danish Cultural Exchange & Performing Art (Denmark) Maison des Arts (Tunisia) in collaboration with many artists from different cultures and disciplines. The artistic research process of Meher Awachri is focused on the physicality and the expression of the actor, and oppressed by two big themes; first the political choices and their influences on the individual and secondly the complexity of interculturality.