Divine Museum

Dance - performance, 2019.


Divine Museum is about to uncover the hidden side of what is commonly considered the highest literature text in the Arabic culture: the Quran. In this project, I will present the artistic side of the Quran as it looks in my imagination: images, movements, rhythm, sounds, surreality. I will turn the stage into a "Divine Museum."

Islam and its holy scripture - the Quran - are often considered image-hostile. This assumption was seemingly confirmed by several bloody events such as the caricature crisis (2005), the killing of the Dutch director Theo Van Gogh (2003), and the bloody attack on Charlie Hebdo (2015).

Thus, it is surprising that the Quran mostly consists of remarkably detailed images and scenes. Actually, Islam appears to have chosen art and images to transmit its message to its followers; the Quran is a kind of screenplay that nobody tried to realize on stage or film before.


Concept & Direction: Omar Ghayatt Dramaturg: Adham Hafez  Performance: Sara Koller, Simea Cavelti, Larbi Namouchi  Soundscape: Wendelin Schmidt-Ott Electronic props designer: Shadi Alhaj  Production manager: Alma Handschin.

Production : Studio Moroni

Coproduction : Schlachtaus Theater - Bern

Financially supported by: City of Bern, Canton of Bern, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, SüdKulturFonds, Migros Kulturprozent, Burgergemeinde Bern, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung.