Two people not from here
Building a life
Full of hope
Jerusalem is their playground
A place that symbolises a beginning
The epicentre of three world religions
Where an interminable struggle about ideologies and possession is played out
Atta Nasser, born in Jerusalem, and Scarlet Tummers, born in The Hague, meet each other on stage in a quest for identity and sense of purpose. Despite their differences and with their similarities, they want to examine the meaning of faith, both as a religious practice as in daily life. Belief is part of their world, entering it through their parents, partners and children. This conversation between two creators confronts themselves, each other and the audience with their interpretation of what Jerusalem stands for.
“You can learn something from every person you meet. Every person knows something that you don’t know.” Atta Nasser and Scarlet Tummers try to comprehend each other from this point of view. In their opinion, what is the difference between good and evil? What urges people to believe?
Jerusalem is the cradle of religion, of an ongoing conflict. However, it’s also a place where people live and laugh. This performance therefore wants to symbolise Jerusalem in all its different aspects.
Jerusalem was created within the framework of de medeSTANders, an initiative in which young makers develop a performance under the wings of STAN. Both Scarlet Tummers and Atta Nasser are already connected to the company: Atta was part of Move (on) and Orphans, Scarlet of Somnia and De Kersentuin. In 2020, she created A Separation, a STAN performance based on the eponymous Iranian film by Asghar Farhadi.