The discovery of love and sex in times of war and peace
Everyone knows such a story: a young lad who slips into the home of his secret love via the garden, year upon year, or cars lined up in a hilltop parking spot that begin to bounce lustfully once night sets in. The multimedia installation entitled I Once Entered a Garden is all about first encounters with sex and love experienced by various generations of men and women in the Middle East. Using the stories of their teenage years as point of departure, theatre makers Bissane Al Charif (Paris) and Chrystèle Khodr (Beirut) investigate the discovery of love and sex in times of war and peace, as well as the human instinct to exoticise ‘the other’. In a series of interactive audio installations veering between fact and fiction, you are given the opportunity to wander through a lost garden filled with unique yet so very recognisable memories.
“Syrian-Palestinian set designer Bissane al-Charif and Syrian director Wael Ali created an interactive, playful and slightly voyeuristic installation inspired by the Asmahan song 'I Once Entered a Garden'”
Idea | Bissane Al Charif, Chrystèle Khodr, Waël Ali
Design | Bissane Al Charif, Chrystèle Khodr, Waël Ali
Music | Hadi Deaibess
Technology | Nadim Deaibes
With the support of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East Office, Beirut, KKV, Al Mawred Culture Resource.