The Search for Power

On a night with a sudden electricity outage in Beirut, the artist and her historian husband promised each other to research the history of power outages in Lebanon. They went on a journey collecting documents. Some were simply not accessible. The paper trail led them to archives in five different countries. They reached as far back as 1906, when electricity was first introduced to Beirut. They found a transnational story involving businessmen, politicians, warlords, multi-national corporations, and colonial powers. They discovered traces of everyday acts of survival, resistance, and sabotage by workers and electricity users. They decided to trace their steps back and share it in an intimate gathering. The Search for Power is a lecture and installation performance inviting audience to look into archival documents, inaccessible knowledge, and a personal quest for revenge.

Credits:
Work by Tania El Khoury in collaboration with Ziad Abu-Rish
Performed by Tania El Khoury, Ziad Abu-Rish, and Petra Abousleiman
Research by Ziad Abu-Rish with support from Owain Lawson
Graphic Design by Jana Traboulsi
Production Design by Petra Abousleiman
Sound Design and Video Editing by Ali Beidoun
Dramaturgy by Deborah Pearson
Cinematography by Kim Saarinen

Co-commissioned by Anti Festival and Shubbak Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.