I, Dareen T.
A documentary theatre work based on the story of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who was convicted by the Israeli authorities for “incitement to violence” over a poem and two posts she published on Facebook. She held a long legal battle (during which she was under house arrest) to prove that her poem and posts constituted a legitimate protest against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. In May 2018 she was convicted, sentenced to five months in prison.
Einat Weizman, an Israeli Jewish theatre creator, famous actor and activist, met Dareen during her struggle and accompanied her. The encounter between the two created a special friendship that gave birth to the play based on the memoir Dareen wrote during her house arrest, her poems and thoughts, combined with Einat’s texts. Einat is facing silencing and theatre censorship of her works, which attempts to bring the Palestinian narrative to the stage.
The creator, who gives her body and voice to the poet to speak through her, uses her body as a channel for the testimony of Dareen, a testimony that exposes a double-oppressive narrative: The Israeli control over the Palestinian people, and the female oppression within the patriarchal society Dareen is part of.
The narratives of Dareen and Einat merge, and the boundaries between them become blurred. The work uses minimalistic performance means to expose a suppressed reality and gradually emerges as an act of liberation, from the chains of oppression, through feminine sisterhood.
Q&A with Einat Weizman and Dareen Tatour after the performance.
+ Artist Talk on Sunday 3 March (more information will come)
Actor, director, playwright and political activist based in Tel Aviv. All her plays, performances and events are around documentary theater that is used as an investigative tool inside of the hidden spots of the Israeli apartheid. Her works are controversial in Israel. She has been censored by the Israeli government, and her play Prisoners of Occupation has been used as an example by Minister of Culture Miri Regev as example for why Israel needs a Loyalty in Culture bill and why there should broadly be loyalty in art to the state of Israel.
Among her works are Prisoners of the occupation (2018), House 113: A Lesson in Political Construction (2017), Palestine, Year Zero (2016), Prison Notebooks (2016), and Shame (2015).
Palestinian poet, photographer, and social media activist from Reineh, Israel, who writes in Arabic, her mother tongue. She has published her work on Facebook and YouTube. Following the publication of her poem “Resist My People, Resist Them”, she was tried and convicted in 2018 in an Israeli court for «inciting violence» and «supporting a terrorist organization». She was released in September 2018, and will visit Oslo to take part in conversations at the HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival 2019.
In Cooperation with Dramatikerforbundet, Dramatikkens hus, PEN Norway og Palestinakomiteen i Norge.