Arab Theater Today consists of a two-day seminar in Amsterdam, with shorter versions of the program in The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. Expanding on subjects raised in the book Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre, edited by Eyad Houssami (Syria), Arab Theater Today includes presentations by festival artists and experts in theater and dance from the Arab World.
The book, a collection of essays by writers and artists tracing the history of contemporary Arab theater and its relationship to social change, is one of the first English language volumes on Arab theater. Houssami himself participates as both presenter and co-moderator. With special thanks to Prince Claus Fund and Hivos.
Arab Theater Today – Rotterdam is an extended introduction to the Tunisian performance D-Sisyphe. Eyad Houssami presents his lecture Making Theater without Theater Infrastructure and will discuss the role of contemporary Arab and Tunisian theater together with theater artists from Rotterdam.