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"Dara Douwara" is the final performance of SIBA, a youth theater project overseen by Minwal, a Sidon-based professional theater company.Aged 15-18, the performers all reside in and around Sidon. Minwal has trained the team of eleven actors for the past six months.Hakawati and fellow Minwal director Roaa Bzeih honed the participants' theatrical techniques, and developed their improvisations into a fully fledged performance.Bzeih asked to introduce an exercise.Together, these pieces create a fragmented, yet somehow unified, picture of the city, and of the tight-knit SIBA group.Bzeih and Hakawati insist this is the point – to bring the actors' lives to theater, and theater back into their lives.Now, it's Sidon's turn to catch up, and create more opportunities for its ambitious teenagers.Without substantial cultural initiatives in the city, however, it's difficult to familiarize audiences with theater. As SIBA comes to a close with its final show, the directors and actors hope their goodbye is just the beginning of shift toward artistic appreciation in Sidon.
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