Festival Tweetakt is an annual arts festival in Utrecht for everyone, with theater, music and art by (inter)national creators.
Theater maker Enkidu Khaled fled from Baghdad to Belgium in 2007. In Working Method, he uses his own story to teach the audience in a creative way how to deal with experiences: both positive and negative. He refers to his personal experiences, such as the processing of his own war traumas. At the same time the performance is a reflection on the role of art and our own position in society. Can art save the world? Can we save the world?
Khaled mixes his performance with well-known participation techniques and makes the audience part of a process with many layers. The power of imagination seeps through every gap of this performance. Or is it a workshop? Who will say. Khaled at least provides the public with a method that gives insight into translating personal stories to something fit for the stage. He also presents an interesting view on art and trauma processing.
Enkidu Khaled was born in Baghdad in 1985, during the war between Iraq and Iran. He worked as a filmmaker, but had to flee the city in 2007. Khaled ended up in Belgium and lived in Antwerp and Brussels. He picked up the study he had begun as a teenager in Baghdad, and developed into the theater maker he is today. In 2017, he graduated from Dasarts in Amsterdam. Before, he and Chris Keulemans made the documentary theater performance Bagdad.
Concept and performance: Enkidu Klahed
Production: Platform 0090
Coproduction: STORMOPKOMST, de Brakke Grond
in association with deBuren, C-TAKT, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with RBC/Upper Church