Theatre Nuaj

Black Balloon: Portico Edition

Written and Directed by: Sophie El Assaad
Featuring Performances by: Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, Maria Marsli, Kimia Pourazar, Chadia

Black Balloon follows three disillusioned Middle-Eastern girls as they discuss their challenges with The Moon. This living dream turns into a celebration of their identity.

15 minutes
This is our first step toward so-called normalcy. In a manner of speaking, we’re turning Centaur Theatre inside out, but in the safest, most inclusive way possible.
Eda Holmes

Show Times

Sept 26 – 7pm; Sept 30 – 8pm; Oct 2 – 8pm; Oct 4 – 6:30pm

Presented in rotation between, approximately, 4 and 9pm Thursdays and Fridays and from 2 to 9pm for weekend crowds, The Portico Project is part of this year’s Les journées de la culture activities. Spectators will also be able to participate in Vancouver’s innovative Red Phone Project, enjoy Le Trunk Collectif’s bonus event, Who We Have Forgotten, and get their dance on with two weekend flash mobs. All performances are free and donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.



Sophie El Assaad
Writer, Director, Costume Designer
Maria Marsli
Kimia Pourazar
Vision in the Sky
Chadia Kikondjo

Lighting Design: Zoe Roux
Sound: Evan Stepanian
Projection Design: Adam Walters
Costume Design: Sophie El Assaad
Choreography: Nasim Lootij
Produced by: Theatre Nuaj and supported by The MAI and PWM

Photo credit: Sophie El Assaad

Safety Info

Audience members will be required to wear a mask during performances. Centaur Theatre adheres strictly to all of the health and safety requirements specified by the Quebec health authorities. There will be no public access to Centaur Theatre facilities during this event.