The Olive Tree. Symbol of the Mediterranean world.
A thousand-year-old tree, but not that only. Also a Body both impressive and inspiring.
The Olive tree has always been a source of poetical inspiration; but on the other side, it has also been, and still remains to be, victim of political manipulations and a cause of conflict.
Such is the case in Palestine today where the Olive Tree, Source of Life, has become a Hostage, scorned and torn down, pulled out, murdered to humiliate, impoverish and starve to death women, children and men who live thanks to the Olive Tree, their very Source of Life.
But the Olive Tree is also a symbol of peace, of joy, a generous and strong tree whith a historical dimension and … ROOTS. Social, cultural, economical, political as well as poetical and joyful.
The powerful roots of the Olive Tree, deeply anchored in the earth, branches wide-open towarsds the sky, carry a tortuous terrestrial and emotional dimension, a feeling to be part of the Whole to all those born where it grows and whose very life depends on its gold.
Nawel Skandrani’s last piece celebrates the Olive tree in a total performance mixing dance as well as video, poetry and acting.
The images are poetical and political, strong and soft, and the 4 dancers/actors – Nathalie Jabroun/Dalia Naous, Marion Blondeau, Meher Awachri, Amira Chabli/Meriem Ben Hamida – take you in a voyage full of energy, emotions and sometimes even humour, where the Olive tree is the final destination.