In Riding on a Cloud, Rabih Mroué examines the personal and political heritage of conflict and trauma. To this performance he has invited his brother Yasser to play a character that is reminiscent of himself, a person who was injured in the civil war in Lebanon and lost his ability to use words. Afterwards, Yasser began making videos as a sort of therapy to regain an understanding of the relationship between reality and representation. Using these videos, photos and lyrics, he weaves a highly personal story. But it is at the same time collective: through Yasser’s story we get a complement to the construction that is our historiography. For whose truth fits into that construction?
Performed in Arabic with English and Czech surtitles.