17-06-2011 Muriel Besemer
Yesterday was our last repetition day. Today is Friday, so everybody is free, and Saturday everybody starts performing the play in the schools. The play is no longer mine and Rafat’s, now it’s the play of fifteen women who are going to perform the play twice a day, outside in the burning heat, in front of 300 kids and than do a workshop with those kids afterwards. All of that dressed from hands till ankles and with heads veiled…I owe them much respect!
It means we have three days left to instruct our players, to really bring the plays out to the audiences, to get them communicating, to work out details on the workshop. And after these three days they’ll have to perform six weeks without us being around. Nothing new for a director, we always have to let our actors go at the day of the première. But it feels different this time, as now it also means saying goodbye. Saying goodbye to people that I have welcomed in my heart, and of whom I am not sure when I’ll be seeing them again. That makes everything different.
29-06-2011 Casper Vandeputte
Every night after returning to the Netherlands I dreamt of the closed doors around Gaza. I dreamt of being unable to leave. It is still so close. The only thing I can mention is that walking around in the Netherlands feels like a fresh breeze during an alpine hike. In all my nerves the beaten word freedom does energize me. My heart jumps with every oddly dressed person I see on the streets. How rich we are. How happy we are.
That is the only thing I am able to write with certainty at this moment. Muriel, Paul, Daniel and I have grown together and now form a sharp as knife speakers’ collective. How sharp? We’ll show you on the 9th of September in Theater De Krakeling in Amsterdam. Hopefully we see you there!