Toulouse. He recreates in the theater the fate of a Toulouse resident who died after having carried out the Jihad in Syria
Through Anthony Assemat
Going to jihad in Syria, Islamist terrorism. The subjects are hyper sensitive. Family, humanly, politically, of course. Radicalization, terrorism: the subjects are hot, especially since a year ago, in October 2020, a history and geography professor in France was beheaded: Samuel Paty.
Radicalization: a reality that erupted sharply in Toulouse in March 2012 during the murders perpetrated by Mohammed Merah.
He had waged Jihad in Syria in 2013
One year later, in December 2013, the Toulousaine Dominique Bons is an inconsolable mother. Son son, Nicolas (30) is killed in Syria, country in which they had gone to jihad. Nicolas blew himself up during an attack on a Shiite village. Several months ago, it is son-in-law Jean-Daniel (21 years old) who will also find him death after his enrollment.
Far from withdrawing, screaming against his fate or covering himself with shame and guilt, Dominique Bons created, in January 2014, the association “Syrien ne bouge actissons” whose goal is “the fight against” radicalization “by preventive actions in France and in countries victims of terrorism, and to support and inform families suffering from the enlistment of their young people”, indicates the association .
An echo in the theater, seven years later
More than seven years later, the story of Nicolas Bons finds an echo in the artistic world. From Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 December 2021, the Théâtre du Pavé, in Toulouse, “Chahid” program, the term given to one as a martyr for Islam.
In this “fictitious testimony inspired by real events”, the actor Vincent Dufour, from Cie Toulouse Fourth act, takes on the features of a character addressing his mother. He tries to explain his trajectory, his thinking, what religion has pointed out to him and remembers the moments in his life that marked him. “It was Dominique Bons who contacted me and encouraged me to do this writing. Initially, she wanted to have an idea for public speaking, because she let herself be overwhelmed by her emotions when she mentioned the trajectory of her son. I then embarked on the writing of this only-on-stage ”, explains to Actu.fr Vincent Dufour.
“The explanation is not the justification”
In “Chahid”, the actor wants to be “a figure of this Nicolas who speaks to his mother”, in a place – a non-place? -black, mysterious, ambiguous, metaphysical. Almost a purgatory. Vincent Dufour tries to reconstitute the thought of a character who gets lost, by reviewing the elements of his journey and his initiatory journey.
“From confession to questioning through revolt, I go through all the emotions. I put myself at the service of the subject to give it body. By not putting myself in the good / bad relationship, I wanted to deconstruct the figure of the monster with this question: how can someone get there? justification. Because his journey will reach everyone The pain of Dominique Good, everyone can feel it one day “.
Follower of “popular culture”, no subject is taboo for Vincent Dufour. “To do theater is to monopolize any material, even if legitimacy has arisen” on this subject, he thinks.
A young man in social fracture, who used to deal
A young man “in social fracture, manipulable, who missed his studies”, at the crossroads of all weaknesses. A man who “used to deal and who secretly wanted to raise chickens”. “There is no romance in this portrait: it is that of Nicolas”, specifies the actor from Toulouse. Vincent Dufour had carte blanche from the jihadist’s mother. ” She left me free in my work and transmitted her vision to me with her sensitivity. She wanted to break this dynamic and not to suffer ”.
The play already performed in front of college students
It is the first time that “Chahid” will be performed in the theater. But it won’t be his first public outing. Twice, Vincent Dufour performed the play in front of 3 studentse of Charles Suran college in Boulogne-sur-Gesse, in the Comminges, to the south-west of the Pink City. And this, within the framework of the Secular and Citizen Course set up by the Departmental Council of Haute-Garonne.
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