THE RAIN IS GONE
PARTICIPATORY WORK FOR VOICES
2016
"Holot" is a detention centre in the Israeli desert near the Egyptian border. It houses asylum-seekers from Eritrea and Sudan who can’t be sent back to their own countries, but who have no prospects in Israel either thanks to the country’s policies. Enter theatre director Chen Alon and filmmaker Avi Mograbi, who decide to initiate a theatre workshop with these people in the most precarious of situations. Following the principles of the “Theatre of the Oppressed,” which sees itself as an aesthetic route to political and social change, scenes from the asylum-seekers’ own lives form the starting point for this process, eventually documented in the feature film "Between Fences" (premiered at the 2016 “Berlinale” Film Festival).

The structured-improvisatory composition "The Rain Is Gone"  was devised by Noam Enbar and performed in collaboration with the workshop participants. It takes a famous Israeli agricultural song, associated with the Kibbutz movement, turning it into an expressive polyphonic chant.

The work was presented at the “Forum Expanded” exhibition, part of the 2017 “Berlinale” International Film-Festival, Berlin, Germany.

Video:Philippe Bellaiche / Recording:Tully Chen / Mix:Binya Reches