Kurdish theater play "Bêrû" performed in Kiel

The Kurdish adaptation of the play "Mockery of Fear" by Dario Fo has been performed in Kiel. "Bêrû" is a production of the theater group Jiyana Nû from the Mesopotamian Cultural Center.

The Kurdish play "Bêrû" ("Without Face"), staged by the actors of the theater group Jiyana Nû from the Mesopotamian Cultural Center (MKM), is touring Germany after France and Switzerland. On Saturday, the play was performed in Kiel.

"Bêrû" is based on the work "Mockery of Fear" by Italian anarchist and playwright Dario Fo. It is a political comedy of errors set in the militant struggles of the 1970s in Italy. The protagonist is Antonio Minelli, a militant left-wing trade unionist at Fiat. He accidentally saves the life of Fiat boss Agnelli during a kidnapping attempt and delivers him to the doctors with his jacket. The Fiat boss thus gets into the role of Antonio the worker.

The play was translated by Dilawer Zeraq and directed by Nazmi Karaman. Through the means of comedy, the mechanisms between the state, the capital and the public are to be distorted beyond recognition. Nazmi Karaman was born in 1978 in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari. He did theater training at Contemporary Theater Association in Ankara from 2000 and graduated from Pera Fine Arts at Theater Academy in 2007. He works as an actor and director in theater and film.

In Turkey, Kurdish theater performances are regularly banned, as are concerts and films.