“Cabaret Crusades”
Directed by Wael Shawky
October 14th — October 16th
VenueIkebukuro HUMAX Cinemas
Dates10/14 (Sat) 19:05
10/15 (Sun) 19:05
10/16 (Mon) 19:05
Running Time225 min. (Part 1: 30 min. / Part 2: 60 min. / Part 3: 120 min.) (with 15-minute interval)
LanguageArabic with Japanese and English subtitles
TicketsAdvance, Same Day: ¥1,800 / Students: ¥1,500
Tickets only available from Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas
Early Bird Discount ¥1,300
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© Wael Shawky; Courtesy the Artist and Lisson Gallery

The epic and bloody history of the Crusades, stunningly re-enacted with handmade puppets

The Egyptian artist Wael Shawky investigates the present-day situations in the Arab world through history, myth and fantasy. The “Cabaret Crusades” is inspired by “The Crusades Through Arab Eyes” by Lebanese historian Amin Maalouf, charting the European military campaigns in the Holy Land centuries ago. Comprising three parts (“The Horror Show Files,” “The Path to Cairo” and “The Secrets of Karbalaa”), this is the first ever screening in Japan of the entire sequence. Shawky‚Äôs version of the Crusades is re-enacted using classical Arabic and various puppets, including old marionettes, custom-made ceramic figures, and hand-blown glass models. The cast of puppets brilliantly brings the violent and highly topical history to life.


  • “The Horror Show Files”
  • “The Path to Cairo”
  • “The Secrets of Karbalaa”
  • “The Secrets of Karbalaa”


Artist Profile

© Wael Shawky;
Courtesy the Artist and Lisson Gallery

Wael Shawky

Artist, Film Director

Born in Egypt in 1971, Wael Shawky studied art at Alexandria University before attaining an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Based on in-depth research into the Arab world, he tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppets and marionettes. His work has been shown at such major international festivals and art museums as Theater der Welt, MoMA, and the Yokohama Triennale.

Creative Team

Directed byWael Shawky
Publicity Design:Taichi Abe (GOKIGEN)
Production Coordinator:Shiori Sunagawa
Interns: Rin Terada, Natsuki Miyaoka, Ayana Yamamoto
Program Coordinator:Masahiko Yokobori
Special cooperation fromHUMAX CINEMA INC.
In cooperation withLisson Gallery
Presented byFestival/Tokyo


Yokohama Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations and Galapagos
Screening of “Cabaret Crusades” (Part 3) and exhibits of marionettes
August 4th — November 5th, 2017
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Website: http://www.yokohamatriennale.jp