Book reading & Performance 

a production by Münchner Kammerspiele

Video - AMON RITZ 

in English and Arabic

The popular form of HOW-TO manuals promises insightful advice on every imaginable topic. A lucrative business and another practice of self-optimization. We would like to introduce another type of manual, one that moves ceaselessly between the mundane and the speculative, the factual and the fictional, between instruction and intuition. The publishing initiative of the Kayfa-Ta books (how = kayfa, to = ta) was founded in 2012 by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis. All books are published simultaneously in Arabic and English. This reading, led by the dramaturg and filmmaker Rabelle Ramez Erian, is based on three books from this publishing series: How to remember your dreams by Amr Ezzat, How to imitate the sound of the shore using two hands and a carpet by Cevdet Erek and How to disappear by Haytham El-Wardany. Four actresses from the Ensemble der Kammerspiele invite you to follow their instructions and perform the exercises yourself.


Rabelle Ramez Erian is a director, editor, and producer whose practice explores a range of cultural and socio-political themes, such as immigration, urban development and connecting communities. Working with different international partners, she mainly creates and produces creative documentaries that showcase character-driven stories. In addition to her film practice, Rabelle is proficient in translating Arabic, German and English content. She also initiates and realizes inter-cultural projects, exhibitions, plays and art performances.

Rabelle was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and moved to Munich, Germany in 2010 to study Art and Multimedia at the Ludwig Maximilian University. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree, she enrolled at the University of Television and Film in Munich to study filmmaking. She currently holds a German Diploma in documentary film directing and journalism for television, which is equivalent to a Master of Science. During her studies, she was awarded a scholarship by the Petra Matusche Foundation for outstanding non-EU students. She has directed, assisted, and edited several documentaries, as well as fictional films. Since 2015, her work has been screened at several international film festivals, for example, Loikka Dance Film Festival in Helsinki, Dok.fest in Munich, and Festival dei Popoli in Florence.

Taking the initiative to spread awareness about the topic of colonial artifacts in Europe and their restitution, she co-created the ongoing project between Egypt and Switzerland “Return Shepen-Isis” alongside film and theater director Milo Rau and Egyptologist Dr. Monica Hanna. In addition, she was the dramaturg of the interdisciplinary project “BLACK LAND” (2022) in cooperation with Elena Sinanina and the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. 

In 2021, Rabelle worked as a dramaturg assistant at the Maxim Gorki Theater. As a digital producer, Rabelle worked with Ong Keng Sen at the 5th Berliner Herbstsalon to execute the “Young Curators Academy”. In 2018, she worked with the Open Border Ensemble at the State Theater “Münchner Kammerspiele”. Her first project as a translator and interpreter was a trilingual production called “What they want to hear” by Lola Arias. Later on, she joined the creative team in productions by Rene Pollesh and Toshiki Okada.

Rabelle's interest in art also includes curating exhibitions. For example, in 2017, she assisted in the programming of the international film festival UNDERDOX and co-curated the accompanying video biennale VIDEODOX, an exposition for video art from Bavaria.

From 2011 to 2014, Rabelle taught visual arts for children and young adults at Kunstwerk-Haidhausen, a private art school, as well as at SchlaU Schule, a center for young refugees in Munich. Following her passion for education, she also conducted filmmaking workshops for children at the Museum Brandhorst and the Kreisjugendring, a youth center organized by the local district in Munich.

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