The dry wind and the sand. The scent of lemon trees, the taste of sweet grapefruit. I was a child in the streets of Jerusalem…
So was I.
In 2001 people were full of hope for the diplomatic consultations between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. Never before had lasting peace in the Middle East seemed so close… but never before had it remained so remote. The dialogue turned out not to be one at all, and the conversations led nowhere. Useless words. Peace slipped away like loose desert sand.
The singer Ruth Rosenfeld and actor Thomas Bellinck do not take sides. They are no more than the vulnerable excrescences of a pointless war. Johan Dehollander’s vigorous directing and Frank Nuyts’ livid composition scream out their rage and powerlessness, as do the expressive projections by Pascal Poissonnier.
In the endless playoff between the ostrich and the coyote – Yasser Arafat’s favourite cartoon – the human deficit is forgotten. All that is left is silence.
Premiere 26 May 2011 Opera Flanders Ghent