Looking for a Missing Employee
Rabih Mroué (Beirut, Lebanon)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, grunt gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery
January 26-28, 2012 8:00pm
The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews.
Post-Show Talkback Jan 27, led by Vanessa Kwan
Artist meet & greet Jan 28, 4-6pm, grunt gallery (116-350 East 2nd Ave)
The Pixelated Revolution (work in progress by Rabih Mroué)
January 24, 2012 8:00pm FREE
Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street.
Looking for a Missing Employee is a thoughtful and provocative performance puzzle in which Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué follows the true story of a man who disappears from his low-level post at the Ministry of Finance in Beirut, never to be seen again. Brilliantly merging storytelling with live sketch art, Mroué takes us on a perplexing search for the "truth," littered with a sea of documents, clippings, photos and found objects. The material accumulates under multicamera live feeds as we are exposed to the ways media shapes public perception, rumors, accusations, political conflicts and scandals. What unfolds is a commentary on the phenomenon of disappearance and proof that “between the truth and a lie, there is but a hair.”
>>[Mroué is] to Beirut what the Wooster Group is to New York: a blend of avant-garde innovation, conceptual complexity and political urgency, all grounded in earthy humor.<< The New York Times
Rabih Mrouéis a Lebanese actor, director, and playwright. The winner of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award, his storytelling pits facts against made-up truths and propaganda that are imbued with a peculiar sense of humor and a visual sensibility honed from years as a visual artist. By means of a semi-documentary style theatre, Mroué's often-controversial work draws attention to issues and events that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of the Middle East.
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Writer and Director Rabih Mroué
Performers Rabih Mroué, Ghassan Halawani
Set Designer Samar Maakaron, Talal Chatila
Video Interview Mohamed Soueid, Pamela Ghoneimeh
Assistant Director Lina Saneh
English Translation Ziad Nawfal
Photos Houssam Mchaiemch
Production Christine Tohme, Ashkal Alwan
Special Thanks Hatem Imam
Running Time 105m
Supported by The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.
This North American tour includes stops at P.S. 122 (New York), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), On The Boards (Seattle) and The Warhol (Pittsburgh).