The Last Arab
The burning need and the natural desire of the Jews in Israel to be separated from the Palestinians were the main source of inspiration for the creation of The Last Arab. In The Last Arab, Jewish and Palestinian artists, all Israeli citizens, come together in a shared project that is designed to promote and realize this utopic idea of seperation.
This is an apocalyptic event, which involves collective singing, praying and focusing the intentions of artists and audiences around issues of parting and separation that is not possible.
- Created by | Smadar Yaaron
- Co-creator | Dr. Nataly Turgeman
- The next generation | Maria Masri
- The last Arab | Maysara Masri
- Maestro | Ziwar Bahlul
- Lighting and Sound design | Manhal Omar
- Production assistant | Mahmud Hilwani
- Special Thanks | Yair Vardi
Mozi Kumbaz Seeks Enlightenment
Mozi Kumbaz tackles the impossible contradiction typical to contemporary Western life, between spiritual agendas guiding individuals towards self-enlightenment and the deepening violent conflicts around the world, particularly in the Middle-East.
Mozi Kumbaz, an investigator on the verge of his retirement and an amateur Yogist, shares his rich experience with his guests, the audience. Mozi demonstrates various physical poses used during interrogations, and explains them through his knowledge of yoga. The two distant practices become intertwined during the session – their basic bodily aspects as well as their mental. In an hour of intensive action, his practice gradualy shatters the border between beneficial physical practice and torture, pleasure and pain.
In her new solo performance, Smadar Yaaron uses her own body as the arena in which the conflict between healthy and impaired, legitimate and excluded breaks out. While embodying this dissonance, the artist exposes the fragility of the borders defining our society’s power relations and challenges the limits of physical and mental human powers.
Acco, My Love: Heela
The trilogy Acco, My Love consists of three autonomous pieces that form a Multi-generational sequence portraying the lives of individuals and communities residing in the ancient city of Acco.
The project, that has been developing in the last five years, is based on interviews conducted by Yaaron, through which she studied her partners and collaborated with them. Through these dialogues, Yaaron explores the layers of struggles, ideologies and conflicts that make up the lives of her interviewees. This process becomes the material with which she engages on stage, and composes intense performative relationships with present and absent partners.
Um Muhamad | Nawal | Heela
Heela is the third and final part of the trilogy, following Um Mohammed and Nawal.
The performance brings the artist together with a group of Palestinian youth, residing in Acco and studying acting with co-founder and member of the ATC Maisara Masri.
In Arabic, “Heela” means “forward”, a common word used by fishermen. Likewise, the performance is an attempt to work out a complex present in favour of the future, and to raise above the surface deep emotions and profound questions regarding the conflictual life of Palestinians in Israel.
Following a long workshop process, Smadar Yaaron and the group of young artists offer an opportunity for a collective exploration of the many aspects of a complicated existence, and a joint endeavour towards a possible future in light of it.
Um Muhammad | Nawal
Nawal, the second chapter, is a video interview with Nawal Zini conducted by Yaaron. Nawal is a mother in her forties and has been addicted to drugs most of her life. She shares her life story with Yaaron, who performs a character based on her own personal biography and on the story of Nawal.
- Created by Smadar Yaaron
- Artistic advising, translation & video | Kher Fodi
- Lighting design & translation | Firas Rubi
- Video performance | Nawall Zini, Shkhada Gumaa
- Artistic advising | Nataly Turjeman, Osnat Shank-Yosef, Moni Josef, Yair Vardi, Tubi Dikman
- Production | Revital Malka
Um Muhammad, part one of the trilogy, is an encounter between a Palestinian woman and a Jewish Holocaust survivor, depicted through an interaction between a live actress and a video interview.
- Created by Smadar Yaaron
- Concept by Smadar Yaaron & Moni Yosef
- Translation | Kher Fodi
- Photos & video | Kher Fodi
- Video performance | Hamdi Musa
- First performed at Sound of a Word festival, HaZira Performance Art Arena
“A performance that touches the painful story of many people… with great elegance and wild humor.”
Avner Amit, My Say on Um Muhammad