As the Space of Culture continues its series of Beit El Hekma, the performance this time was a revival of one of the pioneering Arab poets Gibran Khalil Gibran. Gibran’s poetical play was a large teamwork performance of Heliopolis University students and staff members of acting, eurythmy, and visual art in addition to an external movement team.
The play started with the appearance of the wise man – whose role was played by Hamada Shousha – speaking about love and beauty and reciting graceful verses. The actors meanwhile portrayed silent sketches manifesting the beauty that surrounds us.
The actors then started introducing the poet who wrote these inspirational words to the audience through shedding some light about his life, style, and influence. Gibran was not only a poet; he was also a writer, artist, and photographer.
Following this presentation about Gibran, the actors performed two remarkable sketches; the first about Gibran’s friends in New York who formed “The Pen League”; Elia Abu Madi and Mikha’il Na’ima. The second embodied the love story that spiritually connected Gibran and the poet May Ziade, as they never physically met. However, they exchanged stunning love letters for almost 20 years until Gibran’s death.
The eurythmy team then depicted a lively picture of earth accompanied by verses from Gibran’s Earth poem and finally the play was ended by verses from one of his most famous poems, Al-Mawakib (The Processions, 1919) with the whole performing team on stage with the Director, Tamer Elgazzar singing:
Give me the flute and sing for singing is the secret of existence
And the sound of the flute remains after the end of existence