“Fady Kalam” … a work of art toured by Deir al-Qamar, Lebanon
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“Fady Kalam” will be shown in Deir Al-Qamar on April 30, with a group of young Lebanese men and women participating in “Fury Kalam”
Beirut: Vivian Haddad
It is a play different from any other, in terms of its themes or how it is presented to the audience. “Kalam Fady,” which will be shown in the Choufiya town of Deir al-Qamar on the 30th of this month, is a metaphor for a street theater-type work of art that travels to various stations in the aforementioned town. The starting point from the “cultural center” for the public to join within two points on the streets and streets of the town. In the last part of it, the public stops at the Deir al-Qamar Municipal Center to witness its completion.
The play, organized by “Scenario for Arts and Education” in collaboration with the Sarmada Association; It was the latter who selected about 15 young men and women from the Chouf region around Deir al-Qamar to take part. The text was written by the young people themselves, after presenting the problems and concerns they were facing socially, and Raghda Moawad directed the production of this work, which takes about 70 minutes to present.
The show is part of the annual activities of the “Sinario” association, which aims to support marginalized individuals and communities, to create contact with their environment. To date, it has worked with some 67,000 children, adolescents, and women to develop the learning process, using theater and games to develop this process with the necessary tools for collaboration and deep thinking, as well as to develop useful skills in various areas. build.
Raghda Moawad, the play’s director, explained to Asharq Al-Awsat: “We have been rehearsing for this play since last January. The young participants were selected from the villages of Batloun and Deir al-Qamar and their environs. All of them are Lebanese except one of them, a Syrian. We spent about 4 hours a day rehearsing texts they had written themselves, and we collected them to form a story after we screened it. ”
The work touches on the idea of not accepting the other, when he is not from our narrow society. Which generates times, enmity between people on both sides. It also tells of sectarianism and its repercussions on societies, focusing on civil marriages and personal status, which differ from one sect to another, creating many problems among people, as Moawad calls it. And she continues: “All these topics, in addition to the corruption perpetrated by people, to the system they govern on this basis, we deal with in the play.”
The young people involved in the work are not professional actors, who give spontaneity and naturalness to the play’s events. Moawad adds: “It was nice to work with the group of young people who participated in (Fadi Kalam). Perhaps the fact that they had not previously practiced the profession of acting, except in narrow artistic works, made their performance direct and spontaneous. We woven the story in a way that translates the ideas of these young people who wrote it for the play. ”
Why “simple words”? Moawad responds: “Because speaking is what we hear most recently, in a country that needs action. This is where the name came from, especially since the show is full of gossip and sings a song of the same name.
Work begins at the French Cultural Center in collaboration with Scenario to complete it. Moawad says: “In the past, this center represented the ancient Deir al-Qamar market. The play will start at this stage, where we will see the actors in this market speak, and the audience will stand with them and follow them closely. ”
Then the actors and the audience move out of the market and stop in two streets of the town to present two different scenes. Then the play continues its journey directly to the municipal center, which in the days of Prince Bashir Al-Shehabi was a metaphor for a court.
“Here is the end of the play, where actors defend their cases, and sum up their speeches with openness and justice in their way of confronting the corruption that prevails in their countries. Viewers will have their say in the representatives’ defense of their cases, within a corrupt court which in turn is complicit in the regime. “
Yasmine, one of the participants in “Fadi Kalam”, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “I enjoyed my participation in this play, and it was a special experience, which reflected positively on my personality, especially as it ‘ This direct contact with people has created power in me, which has benefited me both professionally and personally, it’s nice to feel the audience’s interest in these types of plays, and they follow you no matter how you move. ” Regarding the nature of her role, she says: “I embody the character of a girl who exchanges gossip and gossip, with her friend about the people of the village where she lives. The role is light and beautiful at the same time.”
As for Khaldoun, who plays the role of a young man in love with a girl from another sect, he tells Asharq Al-Awsat: “I initially refused to take part in the work, I did not did not know what the task was given to the job. I. But after getting to know all the participants about it, I liked the idea, and I developed a beautiful friendship with them. We are in the Chouf region, we do not have a real theater or few experiences in this field. This opportunity aroused our enthusiasm for theater work. And street theater, which is based on this direct communication with people, enriches this experience, and makes it different from other works performed on stage. ”