Rémi Sarmini is a Syrian theatre director, actor, educator and founder of the theatre collective Tajroubeh Troupe.
Rémi graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Damascus in 2014. In the following years he continued to work as the director of Tajroubeh Troupe in Syria, producing plays despite the extreme difficulties of working in a war zone.
In 2016 Rémi left Syria to escape the war and find a safe and peaceful place to live and work. AR has accompanied him along his remarkable and arduous journey. Following a period in Beirut, Lebanon, Rémi volunteered as an educator leading workshops with children on theatre as well as working as an assistant director on the play “Lighters and Darkness” at the Sharjah Desert Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Following this, he spent several months in Khartoum, Sudan. Currently, Rémi is based in Tunis, where he is working with AR-Network member Art Veda, and a non-profit artistic organisation and multi-disciplinary theatre spac EL Teatro.
Rémi wrote and directed the play “First Class الدرجة الأولى”, which premiered in 2019 in Tunisia and is based on his own experiences. It circles around three people waiting at an airport to travel to a safe country, and explores social and global topics, such as boundaries and discrimination, and the emotional state of waiting. Of his artistic practice, Rémi says “Theatre empowers and allows me to freely express myself and to deliver my experience in this world”.
Teaser: First Class, Directed by Rémi Sarmini, 2019
Rémi Sarmini is an Artists at Risk(AR)-ENSH Resident, hosted in cooperation with Art Veda at AR-Tunis. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, co-funded by Kone Foundation. AR-The European Network of Safe Havens (AR-ENSH) is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Previously, Sarmini was funded by the AR Covid-19 Emergency Fund.
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