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We Love Arabs is the cleverest satire at this year’s Melbourne Festival


Hillel Kogan

Malthouse Theatre

Until October 22

Who would have thought the cleverest satire at this year’s Melbourne Festival would appear in the unlikely guise of dance theatre? Ironically deploying the over-earnestness associated with the form, Hillel Kogan’s We Love Arabs delivers a provocative yet graceful work that skewers, in a darkly hilarious way, the forces behind one of the most intractable geopolitical problems in the world.

Starting in a spotlight he’s determined to hog, Kogan plays a pretentious choreographer at a ticklish point in the creative process. He’s rehearsing a dance work – an epic, three-day marathon set in the desert – that will play a crucial role, he imagines, in ending the Israeli-Arab conflict.


Read the full review by Cameron Woodhead at The Sydney Morning Herald.