Decade 2010s



This animation is an introduction to theater. Whilst theater in the Middle East has links with theater in the West, it has developed in ways that are specific to the region, drawing on early storytelling and performance practices such as Al Halqa, evolving to the Turkish plays such as Karagöz and Hacivat which were popularized in Khedival Egypt. Tragedy and comedy were narratives that were referenced by iconic playwrights, and continue to be referenced in contemporary works.

This and other animation included in the exhibition From Visionaries to Vloggers (spring 2020) were commissioned by the museum to introduce different media platforms and issues discussed in the exhibition. The museum worked with animation company Cognitive to create short and informative explanations of the platforms, from which further exploration of the accompanying displayed historical material and interviews could flow.