theater, artistic practice, & civic life in algeria

dr. jane e. goodman

Love from Afar

El Moudja first staged Amin Maalouf's Love from Afar in 2009. It won an award at the Festival of Professional Theater in Sidi Bel-Abbes in April 2009, and was subsquently produced at Algeria's National Festival of Professional Theater as well as in numerous venues throughout the country.


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Poster for Love from Afar, which El Moudja first performed in 2009

by: Amin Maalouf

director: Djilali Boudjemaa

adaptation: Dr. Mohamed Chergui

music: Kaija Saariaho

choreography: Talat

set design: Mansour Belbelkheir, Zerrouki Houda

funding: Algerian Ministry of Culture



Opening scene, performed at the Festival of Professional Theater in Sidi Bel Abbes, April 22, 2009. El Moudja won a 2nd-place prize for their performance.



Crew of actors sets up the stage in Sidi Bel Abbes, a professional theater equipped for the sets, choreography, and lighting El Moudja was using, April 22, 2009



Actors get a feel for the set before the show, Festival of Professional Theater, Sidi Bel Abbes. The choreographer, Talat, stands with his back to the camera. April 22, 2009



The stage, Festival of Professional Theater, Sidi Bel Abbes, April 22, 2009



Actors set up the stage in Nedroma, May 2009

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Set designer Mansour (standing on ladder) is used to creating scenery with minimal equipment. Nedroma, May 2009