Still in Paradise by Yan Duyvendak and Omar Ghayatt—the prologue to Made in Paradise (2008)—was conceived in the swelling tide since 9/11 in which the Arab world as a whole has become suspect and, for many Westerners, neoliberal values are the only guarantee of a functioning society.
Ghayatt, who is from Egypt and resides in Bern, envisioned his works with Duyvendak, who is from the Netherlands, to stage their encounters, their doubts, and their differences through a series of scenes that audiences vote to choose some each night. Knowing that they will never be able to see everything and that the piece that will take shape that night will be unique. Shared space, time, and dialogue gradually undo preconceived cultural and ideological notions that feed fear and negation.
Conception & performance Yan Duyvendak & Omar Ghayatt
Set design in collaboration with Sylvie Kleiber Graphic design Nicolas Robel, B.u.L.b. Management Marine Magnin
International development Judith Martin - Ligne Directe
Production & communication Charlotte Terrapon Technics Gaël Grivet
Production Dreams Come True, Geneva Coproduction ARSENIC - Centre d’art scénique contemporain – Lausanne, Dampfzentrale Bern, Théâtre du GRÜ - Geneva, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève
Joint realisation FRAC Alsace, Montévidéo – Marseille
With the support of City Of Geneva, République et canton de Genève, Fonds municipal d’art contemporain–Geneva, Loterie Romande, Pro Helvetia Cairo, Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helve-tia - Swiss Arts Council ,Valiart Bern, Fondation Meyrinoise du Casino, Fondation Leenaards, CORODIS