theater, artistic practice, & civic life in algeria

dr. jane e. goodman

Theater Demolition

In June 2009, the Osmane Fethi Theater was demolished by the state to clear the way for a port and seascape beautification project.


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Some actors sleep in the theater the night before it was to be demolished. June 13, 2009



The theater’s electrical box is removed. June 13, 2009



Sarah, actor with El Moudja, contemplates the impending destruction. June 13, 2009



Actor Bachir Boudjemaa faces the impending demolition of the theater he has acted in since the age of three. June 13, 2009



A moment of despair for actor Bachir Boudjemaa. June 13, 2009



The backhoe gets closer. June 13, 2009



Fatiha Boudjemaa watches as young boys and men build a symbolic barricade in the street. June 13, 2009



Symbolic street barricade. June 13, 2009



The Algerian flag is draped over a neighbor’s house. June 13, 2009



Actors and supporters wait to see what will happen. June 13, 2009



The street heats up. June 13, 2009



Actors begin packing up the theater for the move. June 13, 2009



The theater empties out. The truck outside will take El Moudja’s equipment to their new location. June 13, 2009



El Moudja actors look at the backhoe as it slowly works its way toward the theater. June 13, 2009



At the end of the day, the theater is the only building left standing. The next day, it will be demolished. June 13, 2009

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Rubble following the demolition. June 15, 2009