It was not easy for playwright Kamel Al-Basha to break through the apartheid wall in occupied Palestine, to soar to the world with the Venice Film Festival at the 74th session in 2017, when ‘he received the award for best actor. This artist from Jerusalem has chosen diagnosis and artistic education as a soft tool to confront the Israeli occupier of his land.
In our time, it is customary for Westerners to be an exporter of knowledge to the Orient, but Kamel Pasha transferred his knowledge and experience in the drama field to Western countries as a theater coach in visit to Italy, the country of the Roman Colosseum and the birthplace of the “Theater of the Enclosure” (the classical form of the theater, the square, founded in the 16th century). Read also Nabila Maan is a Moroccan artist who seeks to renew and preserve the heritage of her country The tears of the artists through their drawings present their condolences to the inhabitants of the district of Sheikh Jarrah and Palestine The struggle of the sultan and the artist. .. court scenes taming the unbridled horses of creativity. Forgotten history. Plastic artist Ahmed Sobeih records his notes in the camp in color
The Generation of the War of Attrition
The entire Pasha, who was raised before the War of Attrition, in 1962 in Jerusalem, was not exhausted by the siege imposed on occupied Jerusalem, but rather was more energetic and committed to his just cause , to penetrate the local wall of isolation, towards international theaters, the most important of which was the Italian peninsula, to exchange and develop his artistic capacities in Venice, Rome, Bulfargue and other cities.
Al-Basha, while mentoring young Italian playwrights and others, was an ambassador for his Palestinian cause, “his seriousness and kindness at work makes him a very respectable person and has the ability to communicate, and he shares his artistic experiences with young people, “as witnessed by Fabiola Palmas, Italian actress, spokesperson for Al Jazeera Net, she was one of the beneficiaries of one of the trainings supervised by the Palestinian artist in Turin, in the northern Italy.
Kamel Al-Basha, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Baghdad in 1983, shares his knowledge with the new Italian generation, and tells it in a gentle way, and he comes from the experience of the Hakawati Theater, in the National Theater of occupied Jerusalem, where he was director between 2008 and 2011, in which the artist from Jerusalem painted on major international training programs.
Al-Basha told Al-Jazeera Net: “We have visited and exchanged workshops for our teachers and students, joint workshops and presented several theatrical productions which have been shown in Palestine and Italy with the support and funding from the Italian Cooperation Foundation. “< figure class = " wp - block - image " id = " attachment _4581916">< img src = " https : // www . aljazeera . net / wp - content / uploads / 2021/05 / ٥-7. jpg ? w = 640 & amp ; resize = 640% 2 C 428 " alt =" " class =" wp - image -4581916 "/> figure >
science that benefits
Al-Pasha, who has accumulated a long artistic experience (diagnosis of 32 plays), is appreciated by Italian cultural institutions, including the International Theater Institute in Turin, which hosted him in a special exchange program of artistic knowledge, for the benefit of Arab immigrants and young Italians, “The training period lasted two weeks. Then the participants will present a mini-show based on international plays, one of which is entitled” The Mother ” by German writer Bertolt Brecht “, explains Al-Basha.
Long ago, after receiving the award for best actor at the Venice Film Festival, Kamel Al-Basha was only known as a theater artist, whether on an Arab or international level, as an actor , director and academic, through his theatrical participations and participation in jury committees in Arab and international festivals, including, for example, the Mediterranean theater. Motril in Spain, Carthage, Tunisia, New Haven at Yale University in America and at the Swedish festival in Gothenburg, etc., in addition to his participation in tours of Palestinian plays in several countries.
With Arab and international directors from Morocco, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and America, he also participated in many workshops as a trainer and trainer. Fabiola, one of the Italian actresses who was trained by the Pasha in the theater, confirms, during two training sessions, the first in Turin and the second in Jerusalem, “He left us free.” As actors, in the search for a way to play our roles, then our multiple personalities are intertwined, thanks to his theater. training for us, with great harmony. The whole theater coach has a big effect on my journey on stage, and it cannot be forgotten. “
The playwright, Kamel Al-Basha, draws on his training for Italians on the combination of an Italian technique directed by Gabriele Vaches, “Al-Sakira”, and a Palestinian technique on which the artist jerusalemite has been working for years as an actor and actor coach, based on physical and intellectual harmony, and allows each actor to try their own way of playing creatively.
Al-Basha explains: “This is my special way, which I call (the zero point), which is based on the unification of the physical rhythm of the group, and then on the passage of the rules of the theory of l action of Stanislavsky, through a physical understanding of the elements of this theory, then improvise scenes and characters from reality and text, physically, then dialogue and constructive. The scenes based on these improvisations and what happened passed between them and the text that is supposed to be presented to the public. “< figure class = " wp - block - image " id = " attachment _4581911">< img src = " https : // www . aljazeera . net / wp - content / uploads / 2021/05 / ٤-23. jpg ? w = 640 & amp ; resize = 640% 2 C 428 " alt =" " class =" wp - image -4581911 "/> figure >
Italy … auspicious
The cooperation between Italy and occupied Palestine in the cultural field, in particular theatrical, the director Kamel considers very fruitful, which is “the proof of our professionalism and our high professionalism in Palestine, and of the desire for cooperation of the two parties which is based on a deep and ancient friendship between the two peoples and mutual respect, and it is no secret that anyone who supports Italy. For us and its people, support our just cause in our confrontation with the occupation. “
Kamel Al-Basha considers that the Italian Foundation for International Cooperation has great merit in numerous cultural and artistic programs and projects in Jerusalem and Palestine, whether in theater, cinema or television, or in the field of training and participation in festivals and artistic productions. “My experience with them is one of many examples of the success and positive aspects of this cooperation,” says Al-Basha.
Al-Basha acknowledges that the Venice Film Festival award has opened many doors for him in the Arab world, but his ambition, as he told Al-Jazeera Net, goes beyond the masses and the celebrity, because it “is based on the participation in all that can contribute to the liberation and the development of the human personality, and to increase his openness to the other and his victory for truth, justice and good. “
Kamel Al-Basha’s hadith harmonizes with his triumphant social condition for the coexisting human being, and he is the Palestinian Muslim married to the daughter of his Christian country Ms. Reem Telhami, artist, singer and theater actress.