Two Lady Bugs

Rimah Jabr

Two Ladybugs was written and directed by Rimah Jabr as a Master’s project while on a directing course at RITCS in Brussels. In the play, the fates of three characters, a Belgian woman, a Palestinian girl and an Israeli Soldier, are closely intertwined. The players (from RITCS) do not feel comfortable in this new, strange world and they don’t hide that from the public; it even makes their game more effective and compelling.

The playwright’s ideas about theatre are strongly influenced by her experiences in her home country. As she says: “My texts often have a surrealistic touch that is related to the situation in Palestine. In one neighbourhood someone gets shot, while in another a wedding party is taking place.”

Two Ladybugs is based on true stories, and is performed in English with Arabic supertitle.

Actors: Nona Buhrs, Femke Stallaert and Reindert Vermiere. Mentor: Ward Rose. Dramaturgy: Bart Capelle. English editing: Thomas Devos. Lighting design: Ruben Pieksma and Quinten Verhelst. Lighting design mentor:  Harry Cole. Produced by RITCS, Brussels.



Rimah Jabr (b. 1980, Nablus) is a Palestinian playwright and theatre maker, with a strong base in Brussels and Toronto where she now lives. Rimah received her MA as a theatre maker from the Erasmus Hogeschool in Brussels (RITCS) in June 2014. During her two years at RITCS, Rimah wrote and directed Two Ladybugs (2013), The Prisoner (2014) and The Apartment. From 2014–15, Rimah was an artist-in-residence at Moussem, Brussels, where she wrote and directed High Heels and Stuffed Zucchini. In 2015 she collaborated with the visual artist Jozef Wouters to create Infini #5, featured in the 2018 Under Construction Festival. In Toronto in 2016, Rimah presented a reading of This is Not What I Want to Tell You. With Natasha Greenblatt, she created Two Birds One Stone, a play that will be produced at The Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in June 2018. RAYA, a play for children, was produced in 2017 in Belgium. Rimah is an Artist Educator at the Young People’s Theatre in Toronto for the 2017–18 season, and a Metcalf Intern-Artistic Director at Volcano Theatre in Toronto in 2018. From 2018 to 2020, she is artist-in-residence at The Theatre Centre in Toronto, and is currently developing Broken Shapes with visual artist Dareen Abbas, supported by The Theatre Centre in Toronto and Moussem in Belgium.

Theatre Performance

Saturday 05-May 5:00

Ashtar Theatre, Ramallah



About the festival

<p>Connexion vzw (Brussels) and A.M.Qattan Foundation are proposing a focus on flemish-palestinian co-operation in arts and culture, inspired by the Government of Flanders and the Mission of Palestine in Europe, Belgium and Luxembourg who decided on a Flemish-Palestinian cultural project. Unlike the logic of events like Europalia, or even the Venice biennale which are a projection of the imagination of a country, Under Construction is based on reciprocity and aims to promote cultural cooperation, dialogue and exchange.</p>

<p>Instead of focusing on difference and alterity, the two organising partners focus on co-operation and solidarity, and give more visibility and value to forms of 'togetherness' that are already existing between Flanders and Palestine.</p>


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