The Arab Apocalypse by Samir Odeh-Tamimi
conductor Ilan Volkov — mise en espace Pierre Audi
It was January 1975. One day, I took a pen, a sheet of paper, and I thought: I want to write a poem about the sun. Totally repetitive: the sun, the sun, the sun.Etel Adnan, « Nous savons tant et nous savons si peu » (2011-2017)
Created in 1975 and based on events at the time, the collection The Arab Apocalypse by the painter and poet Etel Adnan offers a gripping depiction of the civil war in Lebanon. The sun, a central figure in a series of mystical variations, allegorises the spread and influence of cultures from throughout the Arab world, and the cataclysm that was brought upon them in an endless tragedy with global repercussions. This work—a virulent denunciation of crimes that sprung from intolerance—is like no other, and profoundly touched and inspired the Israeli-Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, who lives in Berlin, and the Franco-Lebanese stage director Pierre Audi. Together, they strove to give these songs, interspersed with mysterious drawings, the form of musical theatre, which could highlight both the actual events and their universality. The Arab Apocalypse was already prophetic when it was written, and continues to provide visionary insight into the hardships that Lebanon faces today.