Chrystèle Khodr

The Rise and Fall of Orient Swiss – Bedtime Stories




Lebanon was once called the «Orient Swiss». According to theatre-maker Chrystèle Khodr’s listening piece, this is just a modern myth fostered by Youssef Beidas, the founder of Intra Bank. He embodies the disintegration of Lebanon like nobody else does, she states. The ominous collapse of his bank in the 1960s has had a lasting effect on the collective memory of a country still struggling with the consequences of numerous catastrophes. (zts)




Artistic direction and cast

Konzept & TextChrystèle Khodr
TonabmischungHadi Deaibes
SoundscapeZiad Moukarzel
ÜbersetzungRayya Badran
UnterstützungAl Mawred Culture Resource, Mophradat and Afac
FotoNasri Sayegh


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Collective Listening

Premiere, co-production


40 mins.



An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair

Collective Listening

Collective Listening is one of the formats we have developed in response to the pandemic last year. The audience listens to listening pieces created by artists from our international network on radios distributed on picnic blankets on the Landiwiese

Safety Concept

For this event, there is no obligation to wear masks and no COVID certificate is needed. See here for more information about your visit to the Theater Spektakel

Open-air performance

In case of adverse weather, the performance will be cancelled. Information on potential cancellation on and Facebook no later than 2 hours before the start of performance

On demand

The listening piece is made available on > Digital for free the day after the performance


The performances at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel are supported by Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Max Kohler Stiftung



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