She who lived in the house before me

التي سكنت البيت قبلي

The 2022 archive

Rasha Omran


She who lived in the house before me, Rasha Omran, 2022 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


In a big city, a woman lives in an apartment where the ghostly presence of its former tenant is always palpable. A poem about solitude and growing old, about a femininity wounded both by its past and by the dead ends of the present, it turns the word into the main feeling of existence. “If I had lived in the house before her/I would have done the same/I would have removed the oeil-de-boeuf from the front door/And left an open hole instead/So that everyone’s eye could/Spy/On my solitude.”


With Isabelle Duthoit, Nanda Mohammad, Rasha Omran

Poem Rasha Omran
Singing Isabelle Duthoit
Direction Henri jules Julien
Lights Christophe Cardoen


Production Haraka Baraka
Co-production CCAM scène nationale Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy
With the support of the Drac Île de France - ministère de la Culture, Conseil Régional Île de France, Orient Production Le Caire
In partnership with France Médias Monde