The Guthrie Theater presents


conceived and performed by Hanane Hajj Ali

Only 5 performances

A conceptually adventurous exploration of place, identity and mythology, Jogging is gloriously unpredictable and presents a radical challenge to the stereotypes and prejudices that afflict global perceptions of Arab women. The story is told through the eyes of Hajj Ali on her daily jogging route through Beirut, Lebanon. She starts taking notes and begins to see the streets of her city with new eyes. As she jogs, she considers the city’s history of building and destruction and thinks about her roles as a woman, wife and mother. She examines her dreams and desires. And she thinks about Medea.

Jogging is performed in Arabic with English surtitles.

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Ticket prices

Tickets range from $9 to $32. Seating is general admission.

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Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 25 minutes (no intermission)

Venue info

Jogging will take place in the Dowling Studio.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

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In Conversation: Celebrating Arab Artistry

Join us for a dynamic discussion that will explore what it means to create theater through an Arab lens in the U.S. and beyond. Representing an array of backgrounds and voices, our panel of Arab theatermakers will share and compare stories from their lives, careers and experiences as artists. This event is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, January 26 
3:30 p.m.

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Hajj Ali is the recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 2020 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award, which “aims to make a difference in the life and career of an international woman theater artist as she has made in the lives of her audiences and her culture.”



Hanane Hajj Ali in Jogging. Photo by Marwan Tahtah.

Hanane Hajj Ali in Jogging. Photo by Marwan Tahtah.

Hanane Hajj Ali in Jogging. Photo by Marwan Tahtah.

Hanane Hajj Ali in Jogging. Photo by Marwan Tahtah.

Hanane Hajj Ali in Jogging. Photo by Marwan Tahtah.

Celebrating Arab Artistry 

This winter, the Guthrie is proud to celebrate Arab artistry with our production of Noura, a series of presentations in the Dowling Studio and an In Conversation event with Arab theatermakers. “In curating the 2019–2020 Season, we didn’t want a singular story to bear the weight of trying to represent an entire cultural worldview, so we took the opportunity to present multiple tales from the Arab experience — all beautifully human, diverse and connected.” – Joseph Haj, artistic director

Read the full Star Tribune article. 

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