THE NIGHTS AND DAYS OF THE HEART TREE
AN OPERA BY TARIK BENOUARKA
Theme & Story
At the confines of space is an area of peace surrounded only by emptiness, a valley suspended in a deep cosmos that the ancients called Far.
There, solitary and majestic, a tree of unknown essence grows, the Heart Tree, with powers and virtues so great that nature chose to hide them.
In front of this mysterious world, time, incarnated in the body of a wind, is waiting bent and wailing, held captive as in the sails of a ship, by immense forces until the Heart Tree consented to bear fruit... A heart-shaped fruit... as rare as life. A heart, sensitive and beating, that could be taken by whoever could reach it... So, freed, the big wheel resumed its mad rush, taking everything in its wake, within the time of a season, before the fruit falls or is picked and that immutable cycle ends in absolute immobility. The Heart Tree was the keeper of the shrine where no being, no force could enter except in dream, because it was an imaginary world. And that day, announced by the birth of a strange light, came.
Nour, arriving hesitant and confused, approaches the tree, attracted by that supernatural and mesmerising heart. But, at the moment he is about to seize it, Amal appears, just as lost and fearful, pleading to share the treasure. She and he came from far away, survivors of a world of stars once glorious and bright, but now extinct. The tree, and it was the only time he did, consented. The heart separated into two parts so that each of them could exist. At that moment, before all the muses of creation, the two stars gave back their eternity, and their outlook on the world would change forever... They wanted to live, to be, to exist!... Just for the time of a dream... To taste, even for a few days and nights, all the beautiful and essential feelings associated with the beginning and end of things: The Emotions of Life.