theater, artistic practice, & civic life in algeria

dr. jane e. goodman


Adrift was El Moudja’s response to Algeria’s “dark decade” of terrorism (1992-2000). This play was devoid of words, relying on gesture, movement and vocal cries to convey the inexplicable violence that was tearing Algeria apart. The play centers on a being born of a violent rape who sets out to redress his father’s crime against his mother. 

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Announcement for Adrift when it was performed at the 31st National Festival of Amateur Theater in Mostaganem in August 1998.

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French summary of Adrift. The play constituted “a hymn of humanity under attack” and a metaphor of Algeria’s long quest for freedom and peace.