Performance about very young Arabic activist Alia Magda Elmahdy
written by Symon Henry
presented in Stuttgart, Germany,
on the 23.04.13 by the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart during the “What’s happening” event
[That my silence will bear at its smallest finger (I have swallowed revolt, taste)]
for solo percussionist
duration: 15-30 minutes
dedicated to those who raised for a more humane world, from Cairo to Santiago de Chile, passing by Montréal as well as to Krystina Marcoux, percussionist
Nudity as revolt. The body of a human being, not as merchandise or object, but as a projection of a “That’s enough!”;
as a place from which the sacred character belongs only to oneself;
as a place of tension between the one looking and the one looked, the occupying and the occupied.
The body of a musician, exposed/unveiled in a performance.
Point of departure: Egyptian activist Alia Magda Ehmahdy, naked against the salafists. Point of departure: the Arabic spring extended to the country of origin of my father.
Point of departure: a mixed-bread composer Quebecois/Coptic agnostic in front of a musician’s body which movements in time and space create meaning.
The project: a fifteen minutes performance, maximum thirty, involving a percussionist.
Connecting thread: music and theatricality.
Connecting thread: the setting in motion of a musician’s body giving birth to a poetical universe centered around the tension between sound and sight.
April 12, 2012 preliminary working notes
Note : « That my silence will bear at its smallest finger » is an extract from a poem by Federico García Lorca (1898-1936).