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The Smooth Life

  • Husam Abed / Dafa Puppet Theatre
  • May 18th 2024
  • TATWERK | Berlin

A non-traditional solo documentary puppet performance for 8 spectators with a culinary surprise at the end.

Closeup of three small puppets representing people, handled by two hands. The puppets are on top of a map on which rice grains have been scattered. © Irena Vodáková

Stories and situations from the family life of a Palestinian man born and raised in a refugee camp in Jordan, performed and
directed by him in an intimate account of his homeland´s history since 1948’s Palestinian Nakbah/Catastrophe.
Husam Abed was born and raised in Baqa’a refugee camp, the biggest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. Audience sit around the table while food is prepared, he tells the stories of his family's diaspora in a charming and evocative way in the context of the political events in region. With soulful music and the power of the objects you get very close to something that seems very distant. All this is accompanied by video projections objects, photos, maps, videos and especially raw "recycled" materials - tin cans, wire, paper, wood, rice grains - and a good old storytelling. Abed speaks loudly, whispers, hits the table with his fist, sings and dances. We hear stories about a life and experiences far away from our reality. At the table, art connects with life and creation mixed with realism. Abed uses the stories of his own personal and daily life to create an atmosphere that fills all our senses.

Produced by DAMU – Czech Republic.

Video »The Smooth Life«
Trailer »The Smooth Life«


May 18th 2024 | 5 and 8 p.m.

The performance is in English and accommodates 8 spectators.

Tickets: 15€ | 10€ reduced 

Reservation is mandatory at:


Stage Design: Réka Deák
Dramaturge: Marek Turošík
Performed and directed by: Husam Abed
Music: Folk, Tareq Al Jundi, Sokout, Sanaa Mousa, Rim Banna


Husam Abed is a Palestinian Jordanian theatre director, puppeteer, musician and producer who is living in Kladno/Czechia. He holds a master of Directing for Alternative and Puppet theatre at DAMU /Czechia. He is a PhD student at Bath Spa University/UK. He is a co-founder of Prague
based theatre company Dafa Puppet Theatre. He is a co-founder of LIV’in festival in Czechia and Ya Kahyal Theatre Lab. for refugee and local youth in Jordan. His performances took part in festivals in Europe, the U.S., Arab countries and South East Asia.