[WORLD PREMIERE] No one likes an ugly revolutionary

Opening night reception co-hosted with Arab.AMP

An interdisciplinary solo performance created and performed by Mette Loulou von Kohl, No one likes an ugly revolutionary explores the artist’s relationship with the Palestinian resistance fighter Leila Khaled and the connections that shape armed resistance, terrorism, fetish, reverence, internalized orientalism, and diasporic longing.

Director: Stephanie Acosta
Video Collaborator: Bleue Liverpool
Sound Collaborators: Ashley Hefnawy and Saint Abdullah
Lighting Designer: Evan Spigelman
Stage Manager: Manny Rivera


Mette Loulou von Kohl was born from the orange at the center before the new world came. She is a performer and a wanderer. Currently based in New York City, Mette Loulou is a Queer Femme, born to a Lebanese/Palestinian mother and Danish father. She has lived in New York, Romania, Morocco and Denmark. Mette Loulou is fascinated by the intersection between her personal identities as a jumping off point to reveal, dismantle and rebuild realities and dreams. She grapples with her past to complicate her present and conjure unimagined futures. She exists in two places at once.



No one likes an ugly revolutionary was commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency Program, with additional support from AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) الصندوق العربي للثقافة والفنون.

The 2019-2020 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image Credit: Amira Karaoud