Anna Serlenga

Tiziri 13 production presents: DEGAGE!
project semifinalist at Premio Scenario 2013

theatre project curated by Anna Serlenga
with Rabii Brahim, Saoussen Babba, Ayman Mejri
dramaturg Daniel Blanga Gubbay
lights Riccardo Clementi
Video Jeorjia Tsisme
Photos Francesca Oggiano
organisation Nesrine Masghouni
direction Anna Serlenga
With the support of the project DE.MO./MOVIN’UP II session 2012, Italian Institute of Culture of Tunis, Teatro degli Incontri, Olinda/Teatro la Cucina, Macao, c.s.o.a. Baraonda, Le Città Sottili

Played in French and Tunisian, with Italian subtitles.


It was 2005, in the French banlieues the cars and the throats of young people were burning, stubbornly shouting their anger for nights on end. Roman Cheneu published a play entitled ‘Res Persona’, leaving suspended between the lines a pungent question: what is the minimum condition of acceptance, what is the life that does not need to be changed?
In the first weeks of 2011, Tunisia is ablaze with a revolt that spreads to all the countries of North Africa and beyond. Revolts that were all too quickly dubbed ‘Arab springs’, which we now see exploding in the many chaotic and radical forms of civil wars, from Syria to Egypt. Yet amidst the dust there remains the dignity of an action felt, even if only for a moment, as necessary.

Dégage’ wants to be the story of this necessity. Four young men from Tunis stage before us fragments of this time of ours, which belongs to us and eludes us.
Through stage scripts, filtered by Roman Cheneau’s text and contemporary dramaturgy, direct testimonies counterpoint a thin and exhibited fictional plot.
It is time to put aside an orientalism accustomed to questioning the other, to finally be subjected to a question: what is the life that does not need to be changed?

The current Italo-Tunisian working group is composed of young professionals in the field of theatre, they are:
Rabii Brahim, Saoussen Babba and Assem Betthouami , actors and dancers graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art of Tunis (ISAD); Ayman Mejri, actor and student at the same Academy; Daniel Blanga Gubbay, researcher, director and dramaturg; Anna Serlenga, PhD student and director.

Dégage! is the ensemble’s first production.