The Egyptian National Project for Theatre of the Oppressed and Its Arab Network

Authored by: Nora Amin

The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138291027
eBook ISBN: 9781315265704
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The year 2011 changed many things in regards to the performing arts in Egypt. It was the Egyptian revolution of 25 January, when almost 30 million Egyptians went out to the streets and squares and protested for 18 days consecutively, claiming social justice, freedom, and—above all—human dignity. The massive crowds were the biggest in many decades; a very sophisticated system to occupy the public sphere took place. The people were reclaiming their land and their ownership of Egypt. It was a rare moment in the history of the most ancient civilization in the world, the most ancient state, one that worships the figure of the ruler as a symbol of divinity.

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