Premiere for Bulgaria

UNDER A LOW SKY  is a succession of unusual, unexpected, familiar or impossible meetings, both a long narrative and a fragmented text. Like puzzle parts, memories try to bring back personal stories and what Syria used to be. Two men – director and author Wael Ali and video maker Jamal – undergo travel in time way back to the colonial archive to catch this same territory at the moment of its evolution towards a state.  They explore colonial archives to reach as far back as the time when the Syrian state was born.

How to cope with today if yesterday is gone? How to do theatre in a period of war when we are out of the country? What is the context of the theatre we create, and who do we create for? The show mixes two types of writing, intimate and political, questioning their limits. It also creates a dialogue between different temporalities and several ways of looking at the same object, the same territory in escape.


28 March – 28 April 2019: Marseille (France)
20 – 24 May 2019: Paris (France)

21 & 22 June 2019 – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Italy)

8-9-10 July – Shubbak Festival (London)
30-31 August – Kunstfest Weimar (Germany)
27 September – One Dance Week, Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
October-November – LOOP, Athens (Greece)
16 November – BOZAR, Brussels (Belgium)
23-24 November – festival Dancing on the Edge (The Netherlands)
29-30 November – festival Les Rencontres à l’échelle, Marseille (France)


Writer and director Wael Ali was born in 1979. He graduated from the Higher Institute for Performing Arts of Damascus in 2004, and continued his studies in Lyon, France, where he graduated from University Lumière Lyon with a Master of Performing Arts.

Between 2003 and 2006, Wael Ali has been involved in several projects as a dramaturge, including an interactive theatre project in Syria where he was organizing trainings. In 2014, he wrote and directed the show ‘Je ne me souviens plus’ presented in Shams Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon, and in several places and festivals, such as Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Toneelhuis in Antwerp (Belgium), Théâtrales de Carthage, Tunis and more. In 2016, he directed ‘Titre Provisoire’ with a text written in collaboration with Lebanese Actress Chrystèle Khodr.

In French and Arabic with Bulgarian subtitles

Text and direction: Wael Ali

Cast: Sharif Andoura, Nanda Mohammad
Scenography and costumes: Bissane Al Charif
Dramaturgy and translation: Chrystèle Khodr
Light and set design: Camille Mauplot
Video and image: Ghazi Frini, Bissane Al Charif
Music research: Yazan Charif
Music and sound creation: Akkad Nizam Edine, Basile Pflug
Video board: Basile Pflug

Les Bancs Publics – festival Les Rencontres à l’échelle

Performance beyond two shores, a project supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Creative Europe Programme (Les Bancs Public – France, Bozar – Belgium, Shubbak – UK, Dancing on the Edge – The Netherlands, Kunstfest Weimar – Germany, Napoli Teatro Festival – Italy)
Pôle des arts de la Scène – Friche la Belle de Mai
Arab arts focus with the support of Stiftelsen Studio Emad Eddin and Ford Foundation, Cairo

Associated Partners:
One Dance Week Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
LOOP organisation, Athens, Greece
Studio Emad Eddin Foundation, Cairo, Egypt

Diffusion & production – Charlotte Clary


Performances beyond two shores is a project supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Creative Europe Programme. The project aims to develop the production, circulation and professionalisation of young Arab artists recently arrived in Europe and encourage a dynamic and diverse creation targeting all types of audience, following the project Performance(s) between two shores: Arab artists in Europe successfully implemented between June 2016 and December 2017.

The project has three axes: the production of a new theatre performance by Syrian Director Wael Ali, a series of gatherings for young Arab artists recently arrived and now based in Europe during the partners’ festivals to exchange ideas on artistic practice and working as a cultural professional in Europe; staff exchanges between partners to share experience and build mutual professional capacities.