Work in progress | Jerusalem 2

Jerusalem

Met ondersteuning van tg STAN waren Scarlet Tummers en Atta Nasser in het najaar van 2020 bij ZUIDPOOL in residentie. Met Jeruzalem als vertrekpunt hebben ze zich vooral heel veel vragen gesteld: ‘Wat geloven we? Wat hebben we geloofd? Wat willen we geloven?’

Dit voorjaar zullen ze vanop afstand proberen uit het gecreëerde materiaal een script te distilleren. Om hopelijk in mei een aantal pogingen te kunnen doen om die tekst te spelen voor een publiek.

Het creëren van het script zullen ze met jullie delen. Omdat dit een proces is, waar zij ook het resultaat nog niet van kennen, is het mogelijk dat jullie 10 versies van een eerste scène te lezen zullen krijgen. Of een opzet van een vertelstructuur, zonder dat elk element daarvan al is ingevuld. Of dat ze net voor het einde er toch voor kiezen om weer van voren af aan te beginnen.

Het is ook zeer goed mogelijk dat dit script op geen enkele manier te herkennen zal zijn in dat wat ze uiteindelijk zullen spelen.

Één dingen weten ze wel zeker: de titel.

JERUSALEM

Hey Atta,

Yes, you’re right.
Between scene one and two something needs to happen that gives us a reason to start to speak.
Or maybe we should not speak.
Maybe we should just play games.
Like children.
With the material that we have.
I would not want that we have the feeling that we have to ‘explain’ something to the audience.
You are there.
I am there.
And we just decided that we want to play together.
Simple.
Here’s a proposal for scene 3.
Let’s park one and two.
But I have the feeling that they will end up in the garbage.

Kisses


Scene 3

Atta

When I was young, 
I skipped school all the time.
I just jumped out of the window.
First, I threw my bag
And then: ‘Go!’
‘Go play!’
We play the reality.
We play the war.

Scarlet 

قتلوني مره (They killed me once)

                                                                                                                                                (Then wore my face many times*) و لبسوا وجهي عدة مرات

Atta tries to teach Scarlet how to say the poem in Arabic.

Atta

It’s good
It’s good

Scarlet

It’s good?
It’s good that you’re here
It’s good that we are here
Together
It’s good that you left your country
It’s good that this is your country now
You can call this your country
It’s good that you fell in love
It’s good that you got married

Atta

Is it good that we are married?

Scarlet

It’s good that you made a decision
It’s good that you chose love
It’s good that you didn’t choose the easy way

Atta

It’s good that you have children
You have two
I have two
It’s good that you have hope

Scarlet 

writes on the wall or the ground “Hope is an embrace of the unknown.
In the uncertainty lies the power to change the future, to act.”*

Atta

It’s good that you speak English
It’s good that you speak French
It’s good that you speak German
It’s good that you…

Scarlet

Do you want to speak Dutch?

Atta

Do you want to speak Arabic?

Scarlet

It’s good that you want to move
It’s good that you don’t want to think

Atta

It’s good that we try
It’s good that we want to learn
It’s good that we are educated

Scarlet

That we educate ourselves

Atta

That we educate our children

Scarlet

That we let them be educated
It’s good that you think
It’s good that you think for yourself
It’s good that it’s up to you

Atta

It’s good that you are selfish

Scarlet

It’s good that you take care
It’s good that you tell your story
It’s good to tell your story

Atta

It’s good that we…
We tell stories

Scarlet

It’s good to listen 
It’s good to hear
It’s good that you don’t judge

Atta

It’s good to be numb
To survive*
It’s good

Scarlet

It’s not good to be numb
To survive
It’s not good

Atta

It’s good to take a break
It’s good to let go
It’s good to cherish what you think is important
It’s good to enjoy the sun
To enjoy the sky
It’s good to move your body
To sweat
To dance

Scarlet

It’s good to think
It’s good to not perform
All the time
It’s good to be lonely
It’s good to feel lonely
To feel afraid
To feel sad

Atta

Don’t worry
It’s good to cook a meal
It’s good to read a book
It’s good to have a talk with your neighbor
To ask
If she’s alright
It’s already good to not close your eyes

Scarlet

It’s good to not know
It’s good to wait for the right moment
It’s good to be patient

Atta

It’s good to be eager

Scarlet

It’s good to get a chance

Atta

It’s good to take a chance

Scarlet

It’s good to have faith

Atta

It’s good to be connected

Scarlet

It’s good to cry

Atta

It’s good to scream

Scarlet

It’s good to eat when you are hungry
It’s good to sleep when you are tired
It’s good to be hugged when you feel alone

Atta

It’s good to have two parents
To get different perspectives
When you have only one, it’s also good

Scarlet

It’s good to be loved

Atta

It’s good to tell somebody that you love him 
It’s good to listen to your mother
It’s good to not agree
It’s good that you understand her now more,
Better
It’s good to call her sometimes
It’s good to tell her that you love her
It’s good to give her a hug
It’s good to make her learn about politics and the migration problem
It’s good to be proud of her
She is proud of you

Scarlet

It’s good that fathers are different than mothers

Atta

It’s good to get sick
It’s good to stay in bed for 2 weeks
Staying in bed is good
It’s good to have fever
It’s good to die 
Death is good
Death is part of life 
It’s good that we really don't know what happens after death
It’s good
Mysterious things are good

Scarlet

It’s good to miss your father
It’s good to think of him
It’s good to talk about him with your partner, with your siblings
It’s good to remember him
It’s good to look at a picture on a Sunday afternoon
It’s good that you have the image now of him smoking a cigar

Atta

It’s good that you are confronted with death 
It’s good to try to live in the now

Scarlet

It’s good that you find that difficult
That you lose the feeling of it, the necessity
That you get wound up 
It’s good to be brought back to it

Atta

writes on the wall or the ground:
Why
We are where we are 
And what it is that we are supposed to do
What makes sense
How do I give it meaning
How do we act

Atta

It’s good to realize that we should not take things for granted

Scarlet

It’s good that when you hurt your leg that you realize how nice it is when your leg is not in pain and you can just walk around without thinking about it 

Pause.

Scarlet

It’s good that you take care of yourself

Atta

You could take care of yourself more

Scarlet

It’s good that you take care of others

Atta

You could take care of others more

Scarlet

Is it possible to take as much care of yourself as you take care of others?
Or when you take care of others, does it mean that you take less care of yourself?

Atta

It’s good to stop
Maybe we should stop
Shall we stop?
Or shall we continue?
It’s good that we don’t stop
It’s good that we continue
It’s good that you continue

Scarlet

It’s good that you continued your studies and got your master
It’s good that you don't want to go back
You are right, it’s good
It’s good that you learned a new language
It’s good that your children speak more than one language
It’s good that you feel guilty, but you shouldn't
It’s good that you shouldn't
It’s good that you are far
Keep far
It’s good
It’s good that you are aware of the situation
It’s good how you think
Keep thinking
It’s good

Atta

It’s good that you took a decision
It’s good, everything you do is good
It’s good that you challenge yourself
It’s good that you bought a house
It’s good that we talk
Keep talking
It’s good
It’s good that you do what you like
It’s good that you doubt
It’s good, everything is good
It’s good that you worry about your sister
Don't be scared 
It’s good
It‘s good that you miss us and not hate us 
Keep missing us
It’s good

Scarlet

It’s good to hear your voice
I miss you too

Atta

It’s good to listen to a story
Stories are good
Stories remind us that we are humans and not numbers
Numbers are not good
It’s good to think that you are more than one story
It’s good that you’re not what they told you to be
This is really good
It’s good that you dream
Dreaming is good
It’s good that you don't know what will happen in the future
Peace is good
I pray for it, because I think it’s very very good
Peace is better than you think
It is good to dream good dreams, but also bad dreams
Bad dreams tell you something about how your mind works 
It’s good
Don't read books about the meaning of your dreams
It’s not good
Our mind is good sometimes
It’s good that we still don't know how it works
It’s good that we have a mind 
It’s good that we use it sometimes
It’s good 
It’s also good not to use your mind sometimes
It’s good to use sometimes sometimes
It’s good to look at your children while they are playing
Looking at children is good
It’s good to learn from children, they are life and not us anymore
Life is good
It’s good to ask yourself how to keep this life and not destroy it
It’s good to ask yourself questions
It’s good to follow
But it is not good to follow them
Them up there are not good
It’s good that the earth rests a bit 
It’s good that it gets a rest from us 
Us in not good sometimes 
Us we do bad things sometimes
But it’s good to be us


Atta’s e-mail to Scarlet

Scarlet, 
It is amazing 

Honestly 
I love it 

And I Imagine also if we really memorize it very very well it will be amazing 
The rhythm is amazing

In general, we need to take care a bit that it doesn’t become moralistic
But this will come when we do it
On stage, we can make it more childish 
And less intellectual

Love Love,
Atta


 Samih al-Qasim, ‘How I became an article’

* Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the dark

* Kae Tempest, On Connection

 

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