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Stones Gods People

2016, performance / video


Stones Gods People is based on a performance that was intended to take place in the Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut - an archaeological park that is currently a frozen space, unable to be accessed because of political entanglement surrounding the land. There are many such places in Beirut, and other cities - situations symptomatic to contexts where heavy neoliberal development and corruption are rife.

The opera is a rumination on these frozen spaces, contemporary ruins and our connection to archaeological and historical sites, emblamaticly related by the failed process to realize the original performance in Beirut.

This video based off the script premiered at the 2016 Berlinale Forum Expanded. Link for online viewing (5'41") is available upon request.

It was first performed at SALT Galata in January 2016 as a solo performance. A second iteration was performed at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in February 2016, a collaboration with experimental vocalist Ute Wassermann.



The park where the original performance was meant to happen:



A still from the short video.



Documentation from a performance at HKW in February 2016 w/ Ute Wassermann.



An excerpt from the score for the opera.