"Chasing 'Empty Signifiers': Egyptian Theater Before & After the 'Arab Spring'"

4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Contact Name:
Joanne Hart
Hazem Azmy is Visiting Assistant Professor at the department of Drama and Theatre Criticism of Ain Shams University (Egypt) and the Co-Convener of the Arabic Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. He is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled "Staging Egypt on the Global Stage: Egyptian Performance Realties from 9/11 to the Arab Spring," to be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. Azmy will discuss three different Egyptian theatrical productions, all by key figures of the “Free” Theatre Movement that came into existence in the early 1990s. Consisting of young talents with various levels of training and artistic merit, it attempted to challenge the existing patriarchal and gerontocratic cultural machinery—as if prefiguring the January 25 revolution almost two decades later.