Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco

Scenography concept
United Arab Industrial Company, Damascus, syria
 Autumn 2014
Rhinoceros is a play by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959.
Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger, a flustered everyone figure who is initially criticized in the play for his drinking, tardiness, and slovenly lifestyle and then, later, for his increasing paranoia and obsession with the rhinoceroses. The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy and morality.
A concept developed to take place in the United Arab Industrial Company, Textiles factory corresponding to the propaganda knitting and hyper normalization in the society. All material and props were from the site. The rhinoceros characters from the play are dogmatic and from there comes the representations of the costumes, by mimicking different radical groups in their appearance. Not following the original text, the characters are transforming into radicals instead of converting to rhinoceros as an appropriation to here/now dramaturgy.


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