Lamia Abi Azar performs in “Silk Thread,” which was adapted to be performed for schools in January 2017.
Photo by Randa Mirza
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The Japan Art Association held its annual award ceremony this week. Its high-profile laureates, winners of JAA's Praemium Imperiale, include such internationally renowned figures as Russian ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, Senegalese music star Youssou N'Dour and Iranian artist Shirin Neshat. Lebanon's Zoukak Theatre Company is also among the beneficiaries, winning JAA's Grant for Young Artists, a prize given to arts institutions that work with young people.Zoukak co-founder Maya Zbib was awarded the 5 million yen ($45,000) grant at the announcement event in New York.Zoukak was founded in 2006 by seven artists wishing to tackle heavy topics through theater. The play is funded by Switzerland's Drosos Foundation, which has been supporting Zoukak since 2016 – covering training of practitioners in psychosocial intervention techniques, artistic creations, artistic mentoring and drama therapy.
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