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The Song of Roland: The Arabic Version

Arabic with German surtitles

Wael Shawky presents an extraordinary change of perspective in one of the most famous medieval epic poems in European cultural history: The Song of Roland. These bloodthirsty verses, which were originally written in Old French and tell of Charlemagne’s campaigns against the Islamic Saracens, are presented here in an Arabic version by twenty fidjeri singers – a disturbing play with seemingly certain historical facts.

Concept, Direction and Design Wael Shawky
Technical Management and Lighting Design Sergio Pessanha
Artistic Production Management Stefan Scheuermann, Henning Mues
Production Kampnagel Hamburg
Co-productionTheater der Welt 2017, Sharjah Art Foundation, Holland Festival,
Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Theaterspektakel Zürich


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Current Dates

  • Mon. 14 May 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Tue. 15 May 2018, 8 p.m.