The performances of the ReconcArt Plays at the two-day festival, 15-16 May 2009

During the two-day Cultural Event in Athens, the three plays written and produced by the project partners were presented to the public in two perofrmances each. The plays included:


HIJAB FRAPPÉ: Download the video of the performance here.
Hijab Frappé tells the story of three women living in Athens today. Azadeh, an immigrant recently arrived from Iran; Mary, a Greek Orthodox mother of two; and Anna, a Greek woman who has chosen to convert to Islam.
What happens when they meet? Who is finally oppressed and who is really free?
Hijab Frappé is the outcome of a six-month theatre workshop with 15 women participants, aged 14 to 60. Their backgrounds include Greek, Turkish, Pakistani, Iranian, Moroccan, Afghani, Yemeni and British. Their religions: Christian, Muslim, Bahá'í ….and atheist. Some women were professional actors, some had never acted before.
The play was based on the experience of all women who took part in the workshops of ReconcArt.

Script editing: Shirin Youssefian Maanian and Athina Arseni
Direction: Shirin Youssefian Maanian
Assistant Director: Athina Arseni
Actors: Sofia Liakou, Maria Tzimou, Anna Makri, Agky Kontou, Christina Mabger, Habiba Srij, Cleopatra Katsaragaki, Panagiota- Melia Pouri, Stella Mari
Lighting Design: Anna Sotrini
Set design: Shirin Youssefian Maanian
Video and Photography: Cassi Moghan
Publicity photography: Vishy Moghan
Musical Arrangement: Karen Solomon
Costume Design and maker: Xanthie Tavoularea
Lighting and sound technician: Haris Dallas
Alekton Production
This play is presented in Greek. The text of the play in Greek is available here and in English is available here.

Hijab Frappé is dedicated to Táhirih, the 19th century Persian poetess and mystic. Challenging the religious fundamentalism in Iran at that time, she appeared in public completely unveiled, declaring the coming of a new age of equality and enlightenment. Her last words before she was executed were “You can kill me … but you cannot stop the emancipation of women!”
Hijab Frappe was presented to the audience on Friday 7th until Sunday 10th May 2009 in Theater Alekton; and Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May 2009 in Athinais Cultural Centre







“Hijab. The border, women's voices and glances between the hidden and the sacred world of the veil”. Download the video of the performance here.

The new theater production of Fondazione Aida “Hijab-The border, women voices and glances between hidden and sacred world of the veil” presents a cast of artists that consistes of women from Palestine, Morocco, Brazil, Italy and Algeria, with the contribution of two professional actresses. The play is focused on seven women, who represent all these women that took part in the workshops of ReconcArt and is an example of Cultural Mediation, it indicates that Art can raise various questions about the nature of the borders and the changes in their perception, beginning from the border that each of us has inside of him/ her.
The women have defined Hijab as: limit, intimity, identity, diversity, wall, border. The scenes of the play represent glances of women and of the whole world. Those glances offer hospitality or keep us away, are forbidden or sought, glances beyond the border. Glances, that oblige us to look inside us.
A play that host the voice in different forms: sounds, poetic battles, songs, chatter, tales and different translations in several languages.

Writers: Susanna Bissoli, Letizia Quintavalla, Gabriel Maria Sala, Rosanna Sfragara
Director: Letizia Quintavalla
Actors: Susanna Bissoli, Jamila Chtioui, Batul Hanife, Saliha Samar Oukazi, Najat Rezki, Tutti Shieber, Rosanna Sfragara
Scientific editing: Gabriel Maria Sala
Assistant Director: Irene Fioravante
Lights: Massimo Consoli
Costumes: Sonia Mirandola
Technician: Mattia Cobbe
Production Management: Roberto Terribile, Meri Malaguti
Administrative Office: Elena Spola
Press Office: Lara Trivellin

The play is presented in Italian. The Italian script of the play can be found here.

The translation of the play in Greek is available here and English is available here.

The play was presented in Greece on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May 2009, in Athinais

"Hijab-The border, women voices and glances between hidden and sacred world of the veil" was presented in Italy on the:
8- 9 May Filippini Theater in Verona,
19th June Festival Europeo del Theatro dr Scena ed Urbano in Mantova,
18- 19 July Festival delle Orestiadi in Gibellina Sicily,
25th September Spazio Mil in Sesto San Giovanni (Milano),
24th October XV Anniversario dell' Associazione Eva in Brescia






The theatrical play brings us closer to the lives and the tragic luck of five students in a European university. Three of them are Muslims, one Christian and one Jewess. The girls are involved in a discussion on the topic “what is Hijab”- is it an essential part of the clothing of women in the East protecting them from the sun, regardless of religion, or is it a provocative symbol of the extremist (or at least conservative) Islam?
In parallel to the intellectual discussions of the educated girls, the tragic story of their brothers and beloved boyfriends is unveiled at the front line of an open war.
At the end, the two stories are merging in a tragic end, so that we can understand that being a good Christian, Muslim or Jewess, depends on your moral and your compassion- because in the end, the sun belongs to everyone.

Writer: Kiril Topalov
Director: Nina Berova
Actors: Suad Ali, Stela Bratoeva, Sadika Nuri, Galia Getseva, Aleksandra Hristova
Stage design and costums: Biliana Popova
Stage lighting: Angel Donchev
Stage director: Nikolai Vasilev
Sound: Bojidar Kabakchiev
Greek translation of the play and supertitles: Eleni Feggoudaki

The play is presented in the Bulgarian language with Greek supertitles. For the Bulgarian play click here.

The translation of the entire play in Greek is attached here and in English is attached here.

The play was presented in Athens, Greece on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May 2009, Athinais. It was aslo presented in the Centre of Eastern Studies at "St Kliment Ohridski" in Sofia on the 11th and 12 May, and on the 28th and 30th May at the American College and the Art College in Sofia.