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33 rpm and a few seconds: Lina Saneh/Rabih Mroué (Show 2)

33 rpm and a few seconds: Lina Saneh/Rabih Mroué (Show 2)

Lina Saneh / Rabih Mroué
33 rpm and a few seconds

A turntable sits on a stack of amplifiers, an ensemble that evokes the pre-CD hi-fi era. A telephone is on the floor. A bulky television. Books are scattered about. A laptop and printer, a mobile phone in its charger. Behind looms the wide screen. This performance is void of any actors.

In their semi-documentary work, Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh reconstruct the final moments of a person's life. A young Lebanese man takes his own life, and in a farewell letter, declares that his reasons are personal and have nothing to do with politics. The young man is dead but everything lives on, vibrating and communicating in his bedroom: the television, the answering machine, the computer… Time pauses and begins anew; history is pieced together — never constructed, of course — from so many fragments of communication.

Co-presented by Asia Society, PEN World Voices Festival, and Performance Space 122.

Additional performances:

Tuesday, April 29
8:00 pm

Wednesday, April 30
9:00 pm

Event Details

30 April 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm


725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$15 members; $17 students/seniors; $20 nonmembers