Video by Selim Harbi with : Meher Awachri poetry : Ismael voice : Olfa ben Achour "Free man, you will always cherish the sea! The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul, the sea calm and unpredictable, mystical or dangerous? a space of freedom for some, for others an impassable frontier. This essay is a condensed artistic palpitations of a man facing the sea"

13 juin 2014 

The Olive Tree. Symbol of the Mediterranean world.

A thousand-year-old tree, but not that only. Also a Body both impressive and inspiring. The Olive tree has always been a source of poetical inspiration; but on the other side, it has also been, and still remains to be, victim of political manipulations and a cause of conflict.

Such is the case in Palestine today where the Olive Tree, Source of Life, has become a Hostage, scorned and torn down, pulled out, murdered to humiliate, impoverish and starve to death women, children and men who live thanks to the Olive Tree, their very Source of Life.

 

But the Olive Tree is also a symbol of peace, of joy, a generous and strong tree whith a historical dimension and … ROOTS.  Social, cultural, economical, political as well as poetical and joyful.

 

The powerful roots of the Olive Tree, deeply anchored in the earth, branches wide-open towarsds the sky, carry a tortuous terrestrial and emotional dimension, a feeling to be part of the Whole to all those born where it grows and whose very life depends on its gold.

 

Nawel Skandrani’s piece celebrates the Olive tree in a total performance mixing dance as well as video, poetry  and acting.

The images are poetical and political, strong and soft, and the 5 dancers/actors – Nathalie Jabroun, Marion Blondeau, Meher Awachri, Meriem Ben Hamida and Amira Chabli – take you in a voyage full of energy, emotions and sometimes even humour, where the Olive tree is the final  destination. 

www.nawelskandrani.com

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1.

Il y a un endroit qui me touche

comme l'amour des parents l'enfant

Et si je balance dans la vie

il me donne de l'assurance

en y pensant.

 

2

J'entre dans toutes les pièces de ma maison intérieure

contemple les parties de moi-même

qui y évoluent et grandissent

et j'amorce de les faire se connaître

 

3

La liberté et la sécurité

font comme s'ils ne se conaissent pas

Peut-on emmener la sécurité en soi

...n'importe où on va?

...quoique combien on vit librement?

 

4

Je revoyage sous mes couvertures d'enfance

ferme les yeux et m'imagine des mains

qui me caressent doucement

...et les mots qui consolent, qui ensorcèlent

auxquels je m'adossent en écoutant.

 

5

Je pense à l'affection

qui laisse des traces ornementales sur ma main.

On m'a donné de l'amour

et j'ai su l'accepter.

 

6

Mouvement est comme un essaie

une sorte d'infinité d'approcher;

elle te délibre et t'enrobe

dans son immensité.

Nachtstück, ein Kurzfilm von Rosa Fürpa.

mit Meher Debbich Awachri

Musik : Marga Bland

2013

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