An exciting theatrical event is happening at the intersection of reality and digital technology.


Rote Fabrik Zurich
21 September I 8 pm

Further performances
Fri 22 I Sat 23 I Sun 24 I Wed 27 I Thu 28 I Fri 29 I Sat 30
Show starts at 8pm I exception Sunday 24.9 at 6pm

Trilingual Production:
German - Arabic - English


Two young women from different cultural worlds meet in a mystical place outside of time and space, where nothing seems to be impossible. In this environment, significant female figures gradually appear to them, such as the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut, Jacky Onassis Kennedy or Joan of Arc. The encounters lead to reflections on patriarchy, power, war and love, and the question of whether we can actually hope for a more just world.

The piece uses "augmented reality" at the beginning - a technology in which digital elements are added to the real environment by means of special glasses. This also raises questions about the possibilities and limits of digital resuscitation of the deceased. Can we bring loved ones back from death, overcome farewells, find comfort? At least digitally?an intensive, experimental theater experience in mixed reality.

Egypt Dates

The play will open at the D-CAF FESTIVAL CAIRO on 12 & 13.10.23. This will be followed by a tour to Alexandria and El Menia.

Tunisia Dates

Nationwide Tour in December 2023 with participation in the Journées Théâtrales de Carthage & performance at the prestigious El Teatro Tunis.


Reading of the authors


Fri. 09/22/2013, 6pm.
Fabriktheater, Rote Fabrik Zürich



Tues. 26.09.23, 8 p.m.
Literature Podium
Fabriktheater, Rote Fabrik Zürich

Augmented reality

differs from VR in that additional objects/avatars are added to the real world in AR. The reality is expanded. The artists and coders of the boat people project are responsible for the AR effects in the production: CLASH is the third production for which they are experimenting with AR glasses of the brand MAGIC LEAP. An app was specially programmed for the effects, the movements of the avatars were partly created using motion capture technology, and the objects were designed to match the piece. The dramaturgy follows an "open world format" - each visitor can explore the space at his or her own pace, there is no predefined sequence. Some of the objects and avatars are interactive, i.e. they react to hand or eye movements. It is therefore recommended to keep moving your hands and head to fully experience the immersive experience.


Text World Premiere
Nora Amin & Irina Kastrinidis

Peter Braschler

Dramaturgy I Cultural counselling Special Researches Arab World
Maysoon Mahfouz
Ahmed El Attar – D-Caf-Festival

Cultural counselling / language
Taoufik Jebali, El Teatro, Tunis

Meret Bodamer & Hadeer Moustafa

The Voice
Thea Dumsch

Composition / Production
Matthias Hillebrand-Gonzalez, phatm studio

Stephan Schwendimann, möbel raum

Sabina Hexspoor, Tatmotiv

Light & technical direction
Michael Omlin

Jan Gubser

Video, visual effects, Social media use
Michel Weber

Design / Realisation Augmented Reality
Reimar de la Chevallerie, bpp, Göttingen

Conzeption Coding AR
Martin Wisniowski, bpp, Köln

3-D object modeling AR
Amer Okdeh, bpp, Berlin

Dance of avatars for AR
Alena Pajasova

Speaker AR Room
Nora Amin

Translation for AR room
Maysoon Mahfouz, Nora Amin

Avatar choregraphy & dance
Alena Pajasova

Technical Director, Egypt
Mido Sadek

Graphics / Tagging
Remo Hexspoor

Arab Graphics
Hadi al Abudi

Social Media, Switzerland
Remo Hexspoor

Social Media, Germany
Birte Müchler

Social Media, Egypt
Nahla Soliman

Roni Ulmann

Production Management
Theater Maralam

Switzerland IG Rote Fabrik, Konzeptbüro, Zürich
Kyros Kikos, Dagmar Lorenz

Germany boat people projekt, Göttingen
Nina de la Chevallerie, Birte Müchler

Egypt D-Caf Festival Cairo
Orient Productions, Cairo
Ahmed El Attar

MM for cultural management, Cairo
Maysoon Mahfouz

Tunisia El Teatro Tunis
Taoufiq Jebali
Sourour Jebali
Yousra Ammouri

© Performance rights:
Nora Amin – Irina Kastrinidis


In Memoriam Zeyneb Farhat, El Teatro Tunis


Theater Maralam, Zurich in co-production with:

IG Rote Fabrik, Konzeptbüro, Zurich
boat people projekt, Göttingen
Orient Productions/ D-CAF Festival, Cairo
El Teatro, Tunis
MM for cultural management, Cairo

© Performance rights
Nora Amin - Irina Kastrinidis

Kindly supported by:

IG Rote Fabrik, Konzeptbüro, Zurich I Fachstelle Kultur
Kanton Zurich I boat people projekt, Göttingen I Fonds Darstellende Künste, Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur I Hanns-Lilje-Stiftung I Sparkasse Göttingen I Kulturstifung Göttingen I Goethe Institut Kairo I Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo I MM for cultural management, Cairo I Gönner:innen Theater Maralam I Trans Sped AG, Zurich I A&S Immobilien GmBH I Mufag



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Remo Hexspoor
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boat people project