Mohamed El Khatib

September 28-29 at 8 pm
Whitman College Class of 1970 Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
With English subtitles

Tickets are free but must be reserved — click here to RSVP.

From interviews, emails, texts, administrative documents and other “real sources,” Mohamed El Khatib alone on stage (re)constructs a delicate tale of mourning about the death of his mother in a touching work that achieves a certain timelessness. The play was an acclaimed success at the 2015 Avignon Fringe Festival.

Mohamed El Khatib is a prominent artist who made a lasting impression at the world-renowned Avignon Theatre Festival in 2015 with Finir en beauté. After studying at the CADAC (Dramatic Arts Center of Mexico), he co-founded the Zirlib collective in 2008. Since 2011, Mohamed El Khatib has been supported by the L’L in Brussels, where he has been conducting research on the writing of the intimate in an attempt to explore different modes of anti-spectacular exposition. He was also an associate artist at the Centre Dramatique National Orléans/Loiret/Centre in 2014-5.

Mohamed El Khatib

Mohamed El Khatib


Mohamed El Khatib introduces Finir en Beauté:


Text, Conception & Performance: Mohamed El Khatib
Visual Context: Fred Hocké
Soundscape: Nicolas Jorio
Special thanks to Martine Bellanza and Nathalie Gasser

Creation of the Zirlib collective with the support of Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans, Tandem Douai-Arras/Théâtre d’Arras, Montévidéo (Marseille), Théâtre de Vanves, Scène Nationale de Sète, and Bassin de Thau. This piece of work as created at the ActOral festival (Marseille) with the support of the Beaumarchais-SACD Association and the Porosus endowment funds.

Maps & Directions

The Class of 1970 Theater is located in Whitman College on the University campus. To access the theater, enter Whitman College from Elm Drive. From the Guggenheim Gallery, follow the hallway to your right and see the ramp to Whitman Theater. View on Google Maps

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Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Council of the Humanities
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institut Français
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène

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