"Heavens" broadcasted on radio

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Listen to the Audio version of "Heavens" this Monday 13 April at 3:30pm on Sawt el shaab radio station (103.7fm - 103.9fm - 104.1fm) 

Monday marks 45 years since the start of the Lebanese civil war, 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. In this work, we challenge that which paralyses us and denies us a future. 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.

 

About the play

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.

The Audio version was recorded by Jawad Chaaban at One Hertz Studio, with the voices of Lamia Abi Azar, Maya Zbib and Danya Hammoud.