staging walls


“Tandem Shaml supports experimental and lasting collaborations between change makers from the Arab region and Europe. For one year cultural actors work in tandems and as a group: being part of a larger network and sharing good practice. Joint projects confront global challenges like migration and support local community development by linking local people, places, art forms and ideas.”

Tandem Shaml Official Website.

The article written by Federica Facchinetti and Silvia Giordano for “Leggerò Leggero: Appunti di Cooperazione Internazionale” blog.

The article written by Silvia Giordano and Amjad Al-Mestarihy for “Leggerò Leggero: Appunti di Cooperazione Internazionale” blog.

The article written by Daniela Sala, free-lance journalist for Internazionale magazine.

Ph.Credit Constanze Flamme


In April 2018, Teatro Prova was selected for the first stage of the program “Tandem Shaml” and took part to the first Partner Forum in Hammamet, Tunisia. This was the very first opportunity to get in touch with the Tandem Shaml network, experiencing five days of sharing, discovering, exploring. It was on this occasion that the Tandem could come to life: Teatro Prova decided to start building its project with Hewar Company for Independent Theater and Performing Arts. The project is entitled STAGING WALLS.

STAGING WALLS is a cultural research-based project focussed on experiences, perceptions and representations of the concept of wall.

The wall as a border, a barrier, an obstacle, opposition and difficulties in comprehension among different socio-cultural entities.

The walls, as form of defence, are also fortifications in shaping identities, expressive forms to be interpreted and deconstruct, emblems to challenge and overcome.

The wall as a relevant experience in the daily life of individuals.


The company carries out a research work, collecting ideas, taking guidance from its daily work around the various workshops it deals with.

Thanks to this exchange, the project developed on two workshops held in November 2018 and in March 2019 in Alexandria, where a contamination of different performing languages gave way to the creation of a perfomance in collaboration with Theater is a Must and, in Italy, the exhibition telling about another parallel artistic path through a calligraphic illustration by Omar Fahmy at San Paolo d’Argon Abbey.


In Egypt as well as in Italy, the protagonists of the exchange project were participants to workshops, artists, professionals in the educational and cultural fields, organizations committed in refugees’ welcoming in Alexandria and in Bergamo.

Staging Walls, an encounter.

This film documents the process and the resulting theater performance of a group of participants coming from Syria and Sudan. A 6-days’ residency gave the opportunity to the group to get in touch, share and experiment different performing opportunities in order to let their stories and personal journeys find a space of self-expression. 

The performance is the outcome of a multidisciplinary theatre workshop relying on storytelling as basis for the dramaturgy line. The workshop was supported by and within the framework of the Tandem Shaml Program in cooperation with Caritas Alex- Community Empowerment Project supported by UNHCR and within the framework of Theater Is A Must Forum.

Trainers of the workshop: Ossama Helmy (Ozoz), Andrea Rodegher and Mohamed El-Ekiaby
Artistic consultancy and dramaturgy: Andrea Rodegher and Adel Abdelwahab

The Staging Walls Project was directed and facilitated by: Nada Abdelwahab and Silvia Giordano

Workshop participants & performers:
Mohamed Nour El-kasab
Aziza El-Fateh Hamed
Bassem Abd El-kader El- Attar
Hla El-Hady Abd Allah
Fadwa Mohamed Ahmed Hassan
Mohamed El-Bek
Mohamed Adem Zakaria Ahmed
Omar El-Sabagh
Reem El-Sa’ab
Talal Ibrahim
Hla El-Awad
Yahia Abd El-Rrahman

Full-Length Video


Partner Forum Hammamet
Kick-Off Meeting Goteborg
Interim Meeting Ajloun
Final Meeting Berlin