Two poignant stories exist side by side in this narrative inspired by the Lebanese artist’s family history, performed by three actors, the group Two or The Dragon and himself. In the gloom, Leila tells of her struggle and that of Fatmé: one fighting to save her son from becoming a martyr, the other to find her lost child. Their powerfully staged testimonials are presented as “interwoven chants, syncopated gestures and half-glimpsed situations”. It’s hard not to be drawn to these two stories told via the intensity of the human voice, the poetry of the body, the force of presences, and the pop-rock energy of Middle Eastern-inspired music.
With both restraint and intensity, the piece speaks of love and death, recurrent themes in Chahrour’s work, which can also be seen in his new creation Iza Hawa presented in June 2023 at the Rencontres à l’Echelle Festival in Marseille.
En coréalisation avec le Mucem