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Theatre performance by Dima Matta on identity and gender

12-2-2020

In its issue of today, Al Akhbar newspaper spotlighted the monodrama written and performed by Dima Matta at Zoukak, the Studio in Beirut, and directed by Yara Bou Nassar. The script is an autobiography of a lesbian young woman living in Beirut which tries to understand gender, identity and memory. Matta recounted the breakdown, uncertainties and inconsistencies which she sustained by living in the Lebanese capital, reminiscing memories of her life there. She narrated the first time she fearlessly held the hand of another woman in New York City, the family history overshadowed by the civil war and her mental breakdown. Matta unfolded on the stage all her conflicts involving gender identity and desire, as well as the relationship with the body. Matta also focused on the daily struggle of being gay in a city like Beirut, considering it to be the primary conflict, with all the associated psychological, mental and physical corollaries a woman experiences. Al Akhbar wrote that the performance has succeeded in drifting from one story to another and favored the personal narrative. The newspaper pleaded for a more eveloped approach that can reach the audience. (Al Akhbar, February 8, 2020)

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