The texts of the David Geselson’s productions, En Route-Kaddish, 2014, Doreen, 2016 and Silence and Fear, 2020 (in bilingual French-English) are published by Lieux-dits Editions. The text Unwritten Letters, 2017 is published by Le Tripode publishing.
Lettres non-écrites (Unwritten Letters)
This book was born of a multitude of meetings. David Geselson is a writer, actor and director. For a few years, he has been inspired by André Gorz’s Letter to D. to turn himself into a public writer, starting from a simple desire: to question people he meets and to write the letter they were never able to write, if such a letter exists.
Over time, there have been more and more letters and they have regularly been read onstage. This book is an anthology of some of the letters, providing yet another dimension to these texts that address, “love, hate, loneliness and reconciliation, sometimes even beyond death” (Brigitte Salino, Le Monde).
Silence and fear
Nina Simone carried within her four centuries of colonial history.
How does the fear of being destroyed for being who you are leave indelible scars on the bodies and minds of those subjected to it, which are then passed down from one generation to the next?
As Europeans and as Westerners, we are also the heirs to these wounds, inflicted or suffered. Whether victims or perpetrators, our stories are the fruit of the upheaval caused by the development of the empires that would later become Europe, on the inhabited lands of the Americas beginning in the 15th century.
So, how do we make a shared narrative? What legitimacy can we claim to do so?
David decided to write and reinvent the story of his grandfather Yehouda, who died in 2009 in Jerusalem.
Having left his native Lithuania in 1934 to settle in Palestine, Yehouda lived through the various stages of the construction of the state of Israel, from the ideal of the kibbutz to the tragedy of the Nakba. Grandfather and grandson will tell their stories, in Jerusalem and Gorscht, in Paris and Tokyo: a man whose ideal has been shattered, and a young man who has inherited an unbearable history.