Fifth International Monodrama Festival
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, the Fifth Fujairah International Monodrama Festival (FIMF) starts on the 20th of January 2012.
The festival celebrates its tenth year by announcing the launch of a new award: the "Fujairah Award for Theatre Creativity". The award and the name of its first winner will both be announced during the opening ceremony.
This year's festival, which is organized by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority and continues until the 28th of January, 2012, will host one actor theatre shows from 12 Arab and international countries, with a guest list of more than 200 celebrities from all over the world.
This was stated by Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani, Vice Chairman of the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority and the Festival's Chairman, during the press conference that was held at Le Meridien Al Aqah Hotel in the presence of the Festival's Director, Mohammad Saif Al Afkham. The program and associated activities of the 5th FIMF were also announced.
The press conference was attended by the festival's sponsors:
Etisalat, Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company, Le Meridien Al Aqah Hotels, Raddison Blu Resort Fujairah, Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah Media Group.
At the beginning of the press conference and on behalf of the Higher Organizing Committee and subsidiary committees of the 5th FIMF, Al Dhanhani expressed his sincerest thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, for his patronage and support of the festival since its first year. He stated that the support of His Highness is the reason behind the success achieved by the festival year after year.
Fujairah on the Cultural Map
Al Dhanhani also extended his thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, for his great support of the festival's management and His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority and Chairman of the higher organizing committee of the festival for his continuous efforts and his commitment to achieve more success with the festival. Al Dhanhani pointed out that FIMF contributed in placing Fujairah on the international cultural and artistic map in the record time of less than a decade.
"The launch of the Fujairah Award for Theatre Creativity is an important event for the arts world as it honors the artist, theatre, and creativity." said Al Dhanhani, “We made the award international to include the masters of contemporary theatre from all over the world. The award is a recognition of their lifelong devotion to theatre and the mark they left on the stage whether by acting, writing, or directing.”
Opening Ceremony at Fujairah Fort
The name of the award's first winner will be announced during the opening ceremony which will be held this time at the Fujairah Fort. The ceremony will include a theatrical dance show titled "Fujairah…The World Passes Through Here". The show has been written by the playwright and poet, Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani, and will be performed by the Ornina Theatrical Dance Group. The music has been composed by renowned composer Waleed Al Hashim. The show is directed by Eyad Al Khuzouz and will be executed by a specialized international company based in the UK.
Extensive Guest List
The festival's chairman reviewed the guest list that includes celebrities from the UAE, Arab and international countries. The guest list include:
From Egypt: Nour El-Sherif, Hussain Fahmi, Nabila Obaid, Samiha Ayoub, Ashraf Abdul Ghafour (Head of the Actors' Syndicate), Lutfi Labib, Hani Ramzi, Sameh Al Suraidi, Yasmin Abdul Aziz, writer Mahfouth Abdul Rahman, and Wael Abdul Aziz.
From Jordan: Jeries Samawi, Lina Al Tal, Akif Najm, Yasser Al Masri, Nadir Omran, Reem Bushnaq, Mofleh Al Adwan.
From Syria: Jamal Sulaiman, Rashid Assaf, Salloum Haddad. Suzan Najm Al Din, Qais Al Sheikh Najib, Abid Fahad, Basim Yakhour, Saif Al Subaie, Kinda Alloush, Sulafa Mimar, Fares Al Thahabi, Dima Bayaa.
From Kuwait: Sheikh Duaij Al Khalifa Al Sabah, Suad Abdulla, Mohammad Al Mansour, Ibrahim Al Harbi, Huda Hussain, Jasim Al Nabhan, Abdulaziz Al Haddad, Zahra Al Kherji, Sulaiman Al Shatti, Bandar Al Mutairi, Fuad Al Shatti, Hamad Al Raqei, Jamal Al Lahou, Abdulla Matar Al Jadid, Shojoun Al Hajri, Basim Abdul Amir.
From Saudi Arabia: Yousif Al Jarrah, Laila Al Salman, Maryam Al Ghamdi, Ibrahim Assiri, Maisoon Al Ruwaili, Amina Al Ali, Marwa Mohammad, Abdulaziz Assiri, Fahad Radda Al Harithi, Ali Faqandash.
From Qatar: Salah Al Mulla, Abdulaziz Jassim, Dr. Hassan Rasheed, Ghasi Hussain.
From Bahrain: Iman Al Qusaibi, Shaima Sabt, Amira Mohammad.
From Lebanon: Zahi Wahba, Nicole Saba, Ward Al Khal, Carmen Labs, Rafik Ali Ahmad.
From Tunisia: Jaafar Al Qassimi, Al Munji bin Ibrahim.
From Morocco: Al Hassan Al Nafali, Maisa Maghribi, Narjes Al Hallaq, Nina Maghribi.
From the Sultanate of Oman: Ibrahim Al Zadjali, Buthaina Al Raeesi, Taleb Al Boloushi.
From Iraq: Aziz Khayoun, Alaa Shaker.
From Sudan: Ali Mahdi, Al Ser Al Sayyed.
From Iran: Farah Maqsoudi, Samad Shino Frshan.
Ramendu Majumdar, Bangladesh, President of ITI.
Tobias Biancone, Switzerland, Director General of ITI.
From Germany: Rolf Hemke, Yolanta Sutowich, Eberhard Wagner, Eva Maarika Schmitz, Malgrozata Witosławski, Manfred Beilharz
From Greece: Irene Moundraki, Konstantinos Davaris, Savas Patsalidis, Konstantina Ziropoulou, Olga Pozeli.
From Ukraine: Nina Mazur, Albert Atakulova.
From Azerbaijan: Adalat Veliyev (Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism), Shayj Safrov, Chokova Yousobova, Mubaraz Hamidov, Adin Talabazadi.
Anne Mari Angel, Sweden.
Τatjiana Azman, Slovenia.
Nicole Brown, Jamaica.
Emilya Cachapero, USA.
Petya Hristova, Bulgaria.
Il Soo Chin and Jeong Ok Kim, South Korea.
Fray Paolo Maria Diosdado Casurao, Philippines.
Alfira Arslanova, Russia.
Pascal Wanou, Benin.
Diane Heirend, Steve Karier, Luxembourg.
Minas Tingilis, Cyprus.
Alexander Rubinovas, Birute Mar, Lithuania.
Antonina Mikhaltsova, Belarus.
Jasen Boko, Croatia.
Michel Vais, Canada.
Christoph Haering, Switzerland.
And celebrities from the UAE:
Ismail Abdulla, Najla Al Khaja, Nahla Al Fahad, Ahmad Al Mansouri, Eissa Al Mail, Ibrahim Al Ahmad, Ali Al Rumaithi, Abdulla Al Ajala, Jaber Naghmoush, Fatima Al Hosani, Hassan Rajab, Jamal Salem, Sultan Al Neyadi, Naji Al Hai, Habib Ghloum, Saif Al Ghanim and Roa Al Sabban.
Diversity of Attendees
About the large number of the guests of honor, Al Dhanhani said, “The number, for us, constitutes an important artistic, cultural and intellectual event. The diversity that this number represents is a diversity in the artists' personalities and their schools of thought and art. This enriches the festival through interviews, seminars, and exchange of experiences which leads to a continuous dialogue with the mixture of cultures and civilizations that the guests bring with them. This is an important element of innovation in any place and time.”
Engineer Mohammad Saif Al Afkham, the Festival's Director, the President of the International Monodrama Forum, and the Secretary General of ITI, stated at the press conference that all preparations for the 5th FIMF are complete. He pointed out that the shows to be presented at the festival are chosen by a specialized viewing committee which included in its membership: Hassan Rajab, Jamal Adam, Abdulla Rashid, Abdulla Masoud, Khalifa Al Takhloufa, and Faisal Jawad.
International and Arabic Shows
The shows are from 12 countries and they are:
- The Guaranteed Way to Get Rid of Spots/ Egypt.
Written by Rasha Abdul Monem. Directed and performed by Reham Abdul Raziq.
- Cannibals/ Jordan.
Written by Mamdouh Adwan. Performed by Mohammad Al Ibrahimi. Directed by Ali Al Jarrah.
- Copy.. Paste/ Lebanon.
Written and performed by Rafik Ali Ahmad. Directed by Naji Sourati.
- Spring Sonata/ Syria.
Written by Jamal Adam. Performed by Mazin Al Natour. Directed by Mahir Al Salibi.
- Stick with Your Own Crazy Person / UAE (Dubai Al Ahli Theatre Group).
Written and directed by Jamal Matar. Performed by Ahmad Mal Allah.
- The Pianist/ UAE, Morocco (Winner of the Arabic Fujairah International Playwriting Competition)
Written by Dr. Malha Abdulla (KSA). Performed and directed by Latifa Ahrar (Morocco). Produced by Fujairah Culture and Media Authority.
- Desdemona / Poland, Australia.
Written by William Shakespeare. Adapted and performed by: Jolanta Juszkiewicz. Directed by Anatoly Frusin & Jolanta Juszkiewicz
- Confessions of the Mask/ Germany (Russian Theatre Group).
Written by Yukio Mishima.
- To Baghdad / Germany – Iraq.
Written, directed and performed by: Azel Yahya Idris.
- That's the End/ Azerbaijan.
Written by Peter Turrini (Austria). Performed by Ghorban Ismailov. Directed by Braham Ossmanov.
- King Lear/ Taiwan.
Written and directed by Wu Hsing-kuo
- Something or Nothing / UK
Performed and directed by Guy Dartnell
Al Afkham also announced that the 5th FIMF will witness the award distribution ceremony of the Arabic version of the Fujairah International Playwriting Competition. The winners of the competition are:
Dr. Malha Abdulla (KSA), Taha Adnan (Morocco), Metwalli Omar Abu Nasser (Palestine).
With the presence of the competition's committee:
Abdulaziz Al Saree (Kuwait), Asaad Fidha (Syria), Yusri Al Jundi (Egypt), Abdulkarim Burshaid (Morocco) and Abdulla Rashid (UAE).
Al Afkham stated that the festival's main symposium titled "Monodrama: Terminology and Modernity" will include papers by Dr. Abdul Karim Jawad from Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Huda Wasfi from Egypt, Dr. Malha Abdulla from Saudi Arabia, Mahfouth Abdul Rahman from Egypt, and Nidhal Al Ashqar from Lebanon.
He added that the publications that are issued with every festival are a tradition that continues this year. Some of these publications are ITI's book The World of Theatre which was translated into Arabic and published by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority. Another book published by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority is Ten Plays, which includes all the winning texts of the Arabic version of the Fujairah International Playwriting Competition 2010-2012. The book is also translated to English.
Two books containing the theatrical works of Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani will also be distributed during the festival.
Moreover, Al Afkham discussed the festival management's efforts in preparing the theatres that will host the festival's shows in Diba. He stated that the theatres were all provided with the best audio and video equipment.
Planning in Full Swing for 5th International Monodrama Festival in Fujairah, FIF, 21 September 2011.
Fujairah International Monodrama Festival (FIMF) website.