Ish Ibka Smo Sod Jod…
In an exhibition hall, near a theater stage, seven actors, each stuck in one time zone, are separated from the general time of the presentation and from the theater stage onto which time flows. They are in a position based on a feeling of separation form the surroundings, a separation which could cognitively reach existence as a whole.
Their action is a repetition of one moment with all what it entails, they are in a conflict with movement and their conflict did not result from their fear of the mystery which overwhelms their being or their realization of the immense uselessness which clogs their eyes and noses, but it's a result of their loathing of all that. Those conflicts and deliverances quickly turn into a useless whirlwind which resembles that form which they just had freed themselves.
This installation-performance is based on a series of characters form Greek and Ancient Oriental mythology; Pandora, Gilgamesh, Sisyphus, Narcissus and Orpheus. The performers of these characters dwell in an icy cave similar to Hades' underworld and inside limited temporal and spatial frames without any connection between each other, as though they were in a womb which brings them back to the doom or to a dead life.
Over the course of an hour, and as the audience move freely between the characters/tableaus the two time frames collide, that of the performance with its characters and that of the gallery visitors, clashing with a world allowing no interaction, closed on itself and sinking in its own gut.
Presentation dates and locations:
Presented at Al-Madina theater in July 2007.
Directed by: Junaid Sariedeen
Dramaturge: Omar Abi Azar
Assistant director: Zeina Kiwan
Performers: Lamia Abi Azar, Omar Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Mohammad Bani Hani, Chrystèle Khodr, Nisrine Massoud and Ara Safarian
Vocalist: Hashem Adnan
Set design by: Hassan Choubassi
Set execution by: Sara Sraj
Costume design and execution by: Danya Hammoud
Costume execution by: Najat Madi
Light execution by: Mohammad Farhat
Graphic design by: Maya Chami
Executive producer: Roy Deeb
Produced by: Zoukak