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Stacy Hardy | Nancy Mounir | Neo Muyanga | Laila Soliman (Polokwane | Alexandria | Soweto / Cape Town | Cairo)

06.11. 21:00 – 21:50

07.11. 21:00 – 21:50

Münchner Kammerspiele Kammer 3

entrance € 19,00 | reduced € 6,00

Artist talk after the performance on Nov 7th, moderated by Sophie Becker

English with German supertitles

  • Rollstuhlgerecht
  • Induktive Höranlage

MUSEUM OF LUNGS is a play about fragility and strength in modern capitalist societies. The starting point is the personal story of the writer Stacy Hardy, who lived for years with undiagnosed tuberculosis. In her homecountry, South Africa, this illness is still one of the most frequent causes of death. Hardy asks questions about the vulnerability of the individual and collective body and about the – often racist – violence that is anchored in both the health care system and political structures. MUSEUM OF LUNGS is a musical, documentary performance, interweaving archive material with personal confessions in order to show that vulnerability is at the heart of strength, and that illness is an arena of resistance and transformation. Stacy Hardy shares the stage with a puppet who functions as her doppelgänger, and with the musicians and composers Neo Muyanga and Nancy Mounir.

The director of the play is Laila Soliman, who was at SPIELART back in 2011 as part of SOCIAL FICTIONS and in 2017 with the theatrical work ZIG ZIG. Neo Muyanga was also at SPIELART 2017, where she presented TSOHLE – A REVOLTING MASS.


Podcast Episode by Verriss & Vorurteil with Laila Soliman (in German)

Click picture to listen on the SPIELART Blog

#Performance  #Social Injustice  #Dealing with Illness  #Music 

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Text | performance Stacy Hardy Composition | Live Music Nancy Mounir, Neo Muyanga Direction Laila Soliman Scenography | Costumes: MoiraGilliéron Puppet Marius Kob Art Work (shadows) Bassem Yousry Light Design MirjamBerger Technical Direction Thomas KohlerMirjamBerger Production | Touring Franziska Schmidt, produktionsDOCK German Translation Anne Simmering


Stacy Hardy (born 1973 in South Africa) is a writer, teacher and researcher based in South Africa. Since 2008 she has worked as a researcher, editor and finally Associate Editor at the pan-African journal Chimurenga. Her writing has appeared internationally in a wide range publications in Canada, Germany, Sweden, the USA and Bangladesh and others. Together with poet Lesego Rampolokeng she has published a libretto. She created the short film I LOVE YOU JET LI with Jaco Bouwer and more recently she scripted and performed in his production, UNTITLED (2008). She regularly collaborates with Angolan composer and musician Victor Gama on research projects and multimedia performances. A collection of her short fiction BECAUSE THE NIGHT was published by Pocko Books, London in 2015. She is also a lecturer in the MA in Creative Writing programme at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Nancy Mounir (born 1987 in Alexandria, Egypt) is a multi instrumental, music arranger/producer & sound engineer. In 2005 she joined the first all girls post hardcore metal band in Egypt Massive Scar Era as a violinist and an arranger and started performing as a guest and session musician with several local artists. She participated in workshops with the Grammy award winner Fathi Salama, Kamilya Gubran, Alaa Elkashef, Mafdi Thabet and others. She worked as the main arranger in Dina El Wedidi’s debut album and performed in several local venues and international festivals in Norway, the USA, Malta, Italy, Sudan, Dubai, Germany, Poland and others. Nancy Mounir composed and performed the music of Laila Soliman’s ZIG ZIG, internationally touring since 2016. She also contributed to the soundtrack of numerous films, including MICROPHONE.

Neo Muyanga (born 1974 in South Africa) grew up singing in local choirs in Soweto and later discovered madrigal singing in Trieste, Italy. He co-founded the acoustic soul duo, BLK Sonshine, with Masauko Chipembere in 1996. He has collaborated with a broad range of iconic artists, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Handspring Puppet Company, Flamenco master, Paco Peña, William Kentridge and Mohau Modisakeng. He composes chamber operas, music plays and musical works for large and mixed  ensemble, employing a syncretic aesthetic that simultaneously references the traditional song modes of Basotho and the Zulu, free jazz and western baroque music. Neo Muyanga continues to tour widely both as a solo performer and in various ensemble guises. For more details please

Laila Soliman (born in 1981 in Egypt) is an independent Egyptian theatre director and playwright, living and working in Cairo.  Her works have been mainly shown in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, India, South Africa and in Europe. Amongst her most important works are LESSONS IN REVOLTING (2011), HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE (2013), NO TIME FOR ART 0/1/2/3 (2011–2013), HAWA ELHORREYA, WHIMS OF FREEDOM (2014), LA GRANDE MAISON (2015), THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE STATE SECURITY SYSTEM (2015) and ZIG ZIG (2016). Her play EGYPTIAN PRODUCTS (2009) was published in the anthology PLAYS FROM THE ARAB WORLD. Her performance texts A DIARY IN SCENES: AND DON’T FORGET NEVER TO WEAR TAMPONS AT A REVOLUTION! (2011) and NO DESERT ROSES (2017) were published in Theater der Zeit Magazine.

Production and realization

Co-production FFT Düsseldorf, Kaaitheater Brüssel, Kaserne Basel und HAU Berlin Funding Fachausschuss Tanz&Theater BS/BL, Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia, Goethe-Institut Südafrika In the context of the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media Partner Eine Welt Forum Düsseldorf

Realization in cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele