A collaboration between Artistic Director Itai Erdal, Multidisciplinary Artist Dima Alansari and Director Ker Wells.*
“This is Not a Conversation fully exemplifies the complexity of conflict, providing a lasting commentary on Israel and Palestine that is unapologetic and subtly emphatic.” Showbill.ca
“There is much to think about in This Is Not A Conversation and the questions are likely to nag at a perceptive audience for a very long time. Theatre can be more than distraction and entertainment—This Is Not A Conversation is a bold reminder.” Janis La Couvee
This Is Not A Conversation is a personal journey for Itai and Dima. In this new work, they will explore the conflict between their cultures and examine what is happening in their homelands, while challenging each other’s deeply ingrained values and beliefs.
Itai was born in Jerusalem and lived there until the age of 25. Like most Israelis, he served three years in the military, during which time he was stationed in Palestine and Lebanon, where he came face to face with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dima was born in Lebanon to a Palestinian family. Her great grandfather was a sheikh at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where she is not allowed to visit. Her mother is from South Lebanon, from an area that was occupied by Israel for 18 years, and where Itai served as a soldier.
What happens when you put Dima and Itai on stage together? Both are natural storytellers and improvisers who are at ease ad-libbing in front of audiences. Both are combative and very passionate about this conflict. And both know a lot about the political context and history of the Middle East, of which few people in Canada have any real or nuanced understanding. They will be collaborating with Ker Wells, who has extensive experience in creating devised theatre and will steer the ship and provide the Canadian angle.