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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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Jenin in Wonderland

Jenin in Wonderland

Chapter:
(p.242) Jenin in Wonderland
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Aloni Udi

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0038

In this tribute to Juliano Mer Khamis, who founded the Freedom Theatre at the heart of the Jenin refugee camp with Zakaria Zubeidi, the author comments on the theatrical performance of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Mer Khamis himself. He reflects on the role of art through theater in the struggle against the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian territories and cites Mer Khamis's other directorial work, Death and the Maiden. Finally, he recalls Mer Khamis's reply when asked what he had learned from the double experience inside the 1948 borders and as a director of Palestinian theater: “The Palestinian audience is prepared to see, experience, and hear texts that are much more audacious than those which Palestinian creators are willing—or dare!—to put before it. But a new generation of creators has arisen; they don't self-censor, they don't reign themselves in, not with regard to the Occupation and not with regard to the internal, repressive tradition.”

Keywords:   theater, Juliano Mer Khamis, Freedom Theatre, Jenin refugee camp, Alice in Wonderland, Israel, Palestine, Death and the Maiden, Israeli Occupation

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