Laila Soliman et Ruud Gielens

Superheroes / Abtaal Khareqoun

Parental advisory : not recommended at least 15 years

Be careful : only 9 people allowed per show

Laila Soliman and Ruud Gielens will work with children and adolescents from various backgrounds who have all in one way or another proven that they are actually superheroes. These youngster superheroes are heroic characters that possess supernatural and superhuman powers; they are dedicated to fighting evil and crime whilst protecting the people from harm. These youngsters question how to survive in surroundings that are sometimes hostile because you’re different, by expressing themselves in a meta-character that pushes their identity forward or just helps them survive mysterious everyday violence. These young Tunisian superheroes will tell their stories of survival and might teach you their strategies, mechanisms that they developed to cope with all possible problems and pressures you might be confronted with. Think of it as a guided tour through a child’s universe, where you might be invited to take some of your own superpowers back home with you.


Free nightly happenings

Creations / Parcours

Parcours : jaune
Genre : Performance
Dates and times : from October 4th to October 8th at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (performance-installation) then from 5pm to 6.30pm (video installation) and Night Shift from 6.30pm to 7.50pm in Théâtre D'Art Ben Abdallah (theatrical reading)
Duration : 50 min. for performance-installation / 90 min. for video installation and 80 min. for theatrical reading
Place : Tourbet El Bey
©Hajooj Kuka
©Hajooj Kuka

Laila Soliman et Ruud Gielens (Cairo/Brussels)

Egyptian theatre maker, dramaturge and playwright Laila Soliman (born 1981) and Belgian Ruud Gielens (born 1977) have been on and off artistically collaborating since 2011.
They previously co-directed the critically acclaimed production Lessons in Revolting (2011) and Grande Maison (2015), Museum of the State Security System (2015). Gielens also produced Soliman’s more recent directorial works the performances series No Time for art (2011-2014) and Hawa El Horreya (2014), Zigzig (2016) and created the lights and video for them. Soliman was the dramaturge of In the Eyes of Heaven (2016) and The Meursault Investigation (2017).
Laila Soliman studied theatre at the American University in Cairo and obtained her MA in theater at Dasarts (AHK) in Amsterdam. Her works since 2004 have been mainly shown in Egypt, Tunis, Lebanon, Syria and in Europe.

Ruud Gielens is a versatile artist who is active in various fields of the performing arts. He designed stage sets and lighting, realized video designs and directed and played at several Belgian and international Theatres. He studied theatre directing at the theatre school Rits in Brussels/Belgium. After graduation he also teaches there to mainly young and aspiring theatre directors.


Assistant : Yasmine Ben Salem
With the collaboration of Centre Intégré de la Jeunesse et de l’Enfance de cité El Khadra (CIJE) et de Borj el Amri
Acknowledgments : the children who participate to the project and Fatma Charfi, Zeineb Abess.

Production : L’Art Rue
Technical Partner : SYBEL Light & Sound
Place provided by the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)

The artistic residence of these artists was supported by the DROSOS-foundation as part of the project “”Fabrique artistique d’espaces populaires” (Artistic manufacturing of public spaces).




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