Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
If we act like those on the other side, then we are the other side. Instead of changing the world, all we will achieve is a reflection of the world we want to destroy.
Jean Genet, The Balcony
We are at the beginning of a new cycle that we cannot yet put ourselves in. Our first clear experience is shifts in the relationship between home and abroad; In the distance between one day and another, between what is private, public and political. At the same time, deep meanings of care, protection, vulnerability, optimism, loneliness, and relationship building are growing
Balconies serve as public openings for the private sector. It looks like it's where the house ends, but not yet. In their political history, they were both degrees of openness and closeness, hope and authoritarianism, the highest degrees of love and the highest degree of depression. Balconies today are the thresholds through which we can face the world while locking up the house, which is safe and sound for some and locked up for others. They are emergency exits to take a breath of fresh air, catch a moment in the sun, or smoke. While our freedom of movement is pending, it becomes unique locations for daily performance or even civil mobilization. Each architectural school has its own way of designing balconies, and everyone has their own way of dealing with them.
Perhaps the only way to save ourselves from madness is to convert this space from private to public. It is a search for the possibility to communicate through the sounds we make, our home lighting, our music, and the colors of our curtains. Now we are in a different architectural building, the house is no longer to hide and have a quiet moment, but it is the space and the woman we need as the other needs to make sure that we are not alone in this world and that there is still the possibility to communicate, this eternal question that is still with us since our feet trampled this land, and that There are still neighborhoods who have hope for tomorrow and we still have the option to wake up early in the morning and set a schedule for daily actions and that time still has a meaning, there is still a future and a person interested in us.
A theatrical performance based on the space of the balconies of one of the Centerville buildings (with the possibility of changing the place in accordance with the current conditions), the show is like a test space for the possibility of communicating through this space through texts written by representatives and ready texts. It is also a test of the ability of human voices and the usual sounds that come out of homes to create a dynamic space of communication with the other. It is also a different performance experience in terms of the possibility of testing new mechanisms of communication between actors and between the director and the team, and then with the public, in the absence of their physical presence in a unified space.