Among contemporary playwrights, I really like Angelica Liddell’s, Claude Régy’s and Romeo Castellucci’s works. They all work on the sacred, the spiritual and on faith. Faith is omnipresent in my work. I am a spiritual person, I experience faith in my own way in my everyday life.
Tell us about your career…
I grew up in Israel. There, I studied cinema and drama in an art high school where I came to know Peter Brook and Claude Régy. Their theatrical worlds were very different from what is familiar in my native country. After two years in the Israeli army – compulsory for every young person there – I deserted my third year and joined the Tel Aviv underground to do theatre with my friends. One of my first plays was a political and satirical cabaret telling the story of a 18-year old soldier. I joined the Tel Aviv CNSAD and put on Sous le ciel bleu et des nuages blancs / Under a blue sky, white clouds, a show made of improvisation. I then became the associated artist of the Théâtre Arabe Hébreu in Jaffa, a theatre bringing together Israeli and Palestinian artists. I directed a few shows and worked with artists from the Batsheva Dance company. Then, I met Mohammad Bakri, a great Palestinian actor who directed Jenin… Jenin. I put on Cabaret Voltaire with him, a show about the culture of death between Israelis and Palestinians, and the collective memory used as a political question.
During a stay in Paris, I discovered Je m’occupe de vous personnellement / Let me take care of you personally, a show by Yves-Noel Genod mixing texts, dancers, animals, poetry… and a lot of love for everyday life and poetry. I offered him the Cabaret Voltaire DVD and after exchanging a few emails, he asked me to work with him. Then, I met Laetitia Doch, a wonderful actress, author and director with whom I put on Un album, a show about Zouc, the Swiss comedian.
Together with Hubert Colas, director of the Montevideo in Marseille – an artistic and creative residence dedicated to contemporary writing, I was assistant director on Nécessaire et urgent, based on Annie Radek’s text. He also invited me to work as an actor in Face au Mur by Martin Crimp and Une Mouette ou autre cas d’espèces, a loose adaptation of Tchekov’s play.
Among contemporary playwrights, I really like Angelica Liddell’s, Claude Régy’s and Romeo Castellucci’s works. They all work on the sacred, the spiritual and on faith. Faith is omnipresent in my work. I am a spiritual person, I experience faith in my own way in my everyday life. I love Angelica Liddell’s passion and emotions, it pervades her work and her way of telling a story. Castelluci is a dramaturgy genius. He doesn’t need much text to tell a story. His plays are highly powerful, I am still an amazed child when I watch them.
interview by Patrick Beaumont