American Univesity of Beirut

Watch Your Step: Beirut Heritage Walking Tour


Watch Your Step was designed as a tour through the neighborhood of Khandaq Al Ghamiq, Beirut, to shed light on the nation's unhealthy repression of Civil War memories. Each tour was led by a guide character that acted as an agent for the amnesia and neglect that have been perforating memories of the War since its conclusion in 1990. The guide gave false information about the history and architecture of each visited location. His narrative ran contrary to the war-torn scenes and enacted traumas that the audience wit​​​nessed.

This piece was written by Robert Myers and directed by Sahar Assaf, taking inspiration from Griselda Gambaro's Information for Foreigners (1971). It was produced by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), the Department of FAAH, and the Department of English with the support of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and Laban – Live Lactic Culture. 

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