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20-21 October 2021 - Egypt

Le Caire / Festival D-CAF

16 to 19 July 2022 - France

Festival d'Avignon

21-22 March 2023 - France

Blois / Halle aux Grains

23/27 March 2023 - France

Saint-Nazaire / Athénor

29 March 2023 - France

Vitry-sur-Seine / Théâtre Jean Vilar

4-5 April 2023 - France

Vandoeuvre / CCAM sn

6 April 2023 - France

Amiens / Maison du Théâtre

10 May 2023 - France

Nantes / Maison de la Poésie

12 May 2023 - France

Orléans / scène nationale

14-15 May 2023 - Switzerland

La Chaux-de-Fonds / ABC

Rasha OMRAN

The One Who Dwelt in the House Before Me

bilingual spectacle (Arabic / English) directed by Henri jules Julien) with Rasha Omran (poems in Arabic), Nanda Mohammad (poems in French), Isabelle Duthoit (chant), Christophe Cardoen (lightning)

The One Who Dwelt in the House Before Me is an oratorio of voices: in Arabic, the voice of the poet herself; in English, the voice of the great English-speaking Syrian actress Nanda Mohammad; and in an unidentified and striking idiom, the voice of the French improviser Isabelle Duthoit.

 

On an empty stage, in a moving half-light, Rasha Omran plunges us into the heart of the days of a woman, alone in her apartment, who feels the presence of the one who lived there alone before her. She reveals the failures of love, the feeling of loss, the fear of fading memories.

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The One Who Dwelt in the House Before Me

 

Each time I begin to write about love

the other woman reaches out    

and pushes my fingers from the keyboard

the lonely woman who lost everything

the wild woman 

who looks like me

***

Each time I stand

in front of the big mirror on the bedroom door

I see the face of the woman who dwelt in the house before

a woman I do not know

little by little

I discover details of her secrets

story after story

each time I stand

in front of the big mirror on the bedroom door

where she hung it
 

the lonely woman who dwelt in the house before

***

If I had dwelt in the house before

I would have done the same

I would have ripped out the peephole

so anyone could look through the door


to see

my isolation