As a response to the lack of public spaces and creative outlets in the Lebanese culture, the Naked Wagon was born to provide a peripatetic platform that contextualizes a public space into a creative setting. On and around it, the space becomes a point of free exchange and focalization, of conversation, collaboration and performance. In the past year, the project has evolved as the wagon visited several spaces in Lebanon, exploring different approaches and engaging diverse communities, all of which has have helped shape its versatile identity. Beirut : Bodies in Public is an opportunity for the Naked Wagon to think critically and act within the rich discourse around the prospect of public performance in Lebanon.
Throughout the three day event, the wagon will be stationed in different locations on-site, inviting the audience and participants alike to articulate and collectively respond to the topics being raised. While deploying an open structure of provided materials and props, the space will foster spontaneity of thought and action to vitalise the role of an “active participant”. The wagon’s naked body will therefore mirror the dynamic nature of the program, animating the themes and expanding them to the entirety of the workshop’s context.
The ideas and gestures gathered during the days will help compose the content of a final performance piece that intends to engage a wider audience and bring Beirut: Bodies in Public back to the public. This performance aims to blur the line between performer and audience by decomposing and re-appropriating their roles to a real-life situation.
For this, we will begin by asking the public:
Are you an audience, Are you a performer, or are you both?
See you on the road,
-the Naked Wagon-