Heavens closes the chapter of historical research we started in 2012 with Perform-Autopsy. Through this research, we gained insight into the private-public relationship with history. It revealed our incomplete historical empire: the curse of repetition and echoes, our fragile reality and selves, the breath-constricting anxiety when we attempt to bury the rubble of the past in denial and reconstruction, the fear, hatred and self-loathing at the thought of our murderers and reality silencers - and our victims, anxiousness over our struggles, actions and betrayals, nostalgia that sinks us in past events somehow linked to us.
In this work, we come to a self realization as individuals. We have become what we lost and we have lost what we have become. Our history has reduced us to numbers that fuel a destructive controversy. We challenge that which paralyses us and denies us a future. Between the here and the there, the now and the then, recollecting our memories and our losses. On stage, we stand up so we can see, we speak out so that we may hear, we tell our stories so we can realize ourselves.
This work is part of a joint project with War Child - Holland since 2013, in partnership with the Sustainable Democracy Center (SDC) and the Citizenship and Peace Youth Clubs, with funding from the Liberty Foundation
Performed by Lamia Abi Azar, Danya Hammoud, Maya Zbib
Directed by Omar Abi Azar and Junaid Sarieddine
Text by Hashem Adnan
Assistant director: Chrystelle Khodr
Scenography: Abraham Zeitoun
Costumes: Rayya Morcos, Bird on a wire
Communication: Alexis Baghdadi.
Poster design: Maya Chami
Production director: Lamia Abi Azar
Special Thanks to Soumaya Berri, Antoine Bouguier, Nayla Boustros, Ali Chahrour, Mariam Chfiri, Bassem Chit, Dawawine, Nathalie Garraud, Mohammad Hamdan, Nathalie Harb, Joseph Kai, Nasri Sayegh, Nisrine Yassine
Performed in February 2014 at Zoukak Studio