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creation March 30th, 2023

Théâtre Choisy-le-Roi (Fr)

April 4th 2023 - France

Amiens / Maison de la Culture sn

May 11th 2023 - France

Orléans / scène nationale

May 13th 2023 - Swiss

La Chaux-de-Fonds / TPR

Lulu RAFAT

Mishwâr

reading / concert

with Lulu Rafat (poems in Arabic) and Sophie Agnel (cordophone)

English subtitles

Mishwâr (Arabic: journey/walk) is an Arabic storytelling and musical show.

 

The show evokes the Traumas we collectively face within our own bodies, homes and streets, and recalls the journeys we all take to find our true self in a collapsing world; our place amidst the never-ending dispossessions; and our voice in the face of guardianship and authority which constrains our personal attempts at life.

 

Mishwâr is a safe space to deconstruct reality, in the quest for the self - using language as a tool for healing.

My little house in Canada

          (from Mishwâr)


The Mailman has no troubles finding

my little

house

in Canada.

And he, out of all people,

matters to me the most!

         Why?

Because he has a vehicle

And I,

everything I

             love,

            is so

                      far

                               away

In my little house

in Canada

hangs a clock on the wall.

It doesn’t really work - nor do I want it to;

it only reminds me of

my failure

in synchronising

my mind, my heart

and my body

– to each their own timing.

So when I immigrated across the globe

I made sure to masterfully learn

– and I still do –

how to calculate time difference.

Every item of furniture

in my little house

will have me on it

a drawing

or a line of poetry

to personalise what is meant for the masses

to feel like I conquered

the god-like machine

that wants us to

all be

the same;

while History has fiercely taught me

to be wary

              of crowds.

And since I get bored easily,

I keep moving around

my plants, my furniture,

and my boundaries

On my wall there is a drawing of a faceless woman,

and the words “the mishwar begins”

I sign underneath it

                                       my name;

             for when the road thinks

              me dead

              my heart’s beating? – slow,

              my breathing? – heavy,

              my power? – non-existent,

              and my mind?

              my soul, my body? – returning to

              dust,

               so I bid

                         farewell.

                         My letters? still

                         carry Life.

Sophie Agnel is a French improviser (prepared piano) of international renown, moving from the demanding exercise of the solo to multiple encounters in situ with the greatest masters of contemporary improvisation (Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, Olivier Benoît, Catherine Jauniaux, ErikM, Roger Turner, Phil Minton, John Butcher, Jean François Pauvros, Thurston Moore, Joke Lanz).
In 2014, she joined the Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) for 4 years under the direction of Olivier Benoît.
She regularly participates in the creation of text/music performances based on major and demanding works: Testimony by Charles Reznikoff, La passion selon G.H. by Clarice Lispector.

She has also designed an astonishing experimental electroacoustic instrument, the cordophone / nOpiano, a combination of a small piano frame and an electric bass neck.

http://sophieagnel.net/

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