"Stone and orange" is a silent game that narrows the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict


The Palestinian play "Stones and oranges" is more than a silent and sometimes movement, gesture and musical background, a story about the long history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the ground.

Palestinian artists Edouard Maalem and Eman Aoun presented the play directed by British director Mugisola Adebayo at the Ishtar Theater in Ramallah for 48 minutes without words.

The show, which travels 100 years after the end of the First World War, begins with the actress Iman, who embodies the role of the Palestine at the place that she considers her home, surrounded by a group of stones, orange balls, sunflowers, water jugs, carpets and a notebook .

When she sat in her house, she looked happy, and when she ate orange in her garden, a man carrying a bag came to him, hurrying to help him, giving him a drink of water, and letting him sit in her house.

In 48 minutes there is no speech, no dance is examined, but simple pictures with simple movements. The story is about how an immigrant took over the house and drove his companion after he was greeted by a fugitive guest from the war.

"The game of stone and orange is not a true truth, but it is part of the truth, and this is the product of a meeting of the director's idea and life experience for the theater group," wrote the film director in a brochure that sold out before last night.

"In the past ten years, I have been working in Palestine on various projects and during this period I have felt the increasing repression in this country."

"I was always impressed by the way people deal with the occupation … but when I return to my home in London, I am surprised by the lack of information people know about Palestine about this country," she said.

Mugisola believes that the word "profession" in English is "deceptive" and can mean that someone simply "takes" the place or function.

"This word does not reflect the reality of the West Bank and Gaza, so I wanted to create a theatrical work for this audience in order to truly introduce the word of occupation without words."

The story of the game "dates back to the first Jewish migration to Palestine under the pretext of the Balfour Declaration through a story about a man who reached the home of a woman as a poor immigrant coming from Europe after World War I."

The performance is "primarily designed to deal with the European public, because it does not know much about our everyday suffering, and there are those who think that we are the occupiers of Israel," says the actor.

"After watching the show throughout Europe, we decided to make 150 performances and positive feedback that we received after each performance in the last period to play in Palestine," he said after the show.

"Although we live in a story and know its details, the audience remains closely associated with the show and follows the story of the story to explode with a harsh applause after an explosion."

According to the teacher, the presentation of quiet offers is much more difficult than normal speech, especially the Palestinian public, which is not used for such games.

"The next week we will have a tour in Moscow and plan a tour in London before the end of this year," he said.


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