Saturday, April 2, 2011

NALAGA'AT (in Hebrew) - Touch Please

A month ago, I went  through one of the more exciting experiences I had.
At the Jaffa port in Tel Aviv, there is a   deaf - blind center called  Nalaga'at.


A group comprised of people who are both deaf and blind and therefore only know to communicate on a one-to-one basis with the help of personal tactile-sign language interpreters.
In the center there are 2 restaurants and a theater.
One restaurant is in the foyer, the other restaurant which is in a separate space is called  BLACKOUT  - A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE  of dinning in the dark escorted by blind waiters.
" When the eyes do not engage in the eating process, one’s ability to taste and smell food sharpens. There is so much to be “seen” when eyes are closed…" says the blind. 
Once in a lifetime experience.
We went  to "Not by Bread Alone" show.
"if there is not hand-shake I do not know you exist"  that was the opening sentence of a deaf-blind actor.
I had tears in my eyes, so simple so true.
Throughout the play, the actors  (some of them) talk about the moments of happiness, their dreams and memories, love and passion.
They play, dance, move, I sat transfixed at the sight of the signs with a touch of each other. I was fascinated, from the way they communicate.
During the show we hear a drum beat used to sign players to change a scene. They feel the vibrations of the drum  and I felt my  heartbeats.
They give us their feelings with a lot of humor, and remove any confusion .
 At the end of the play the audience is invited to go onstage -After several minutes of confusion, we got on stage, and with lots of love, we shook hands.
I left the show, very excited,  with  appreciation to these people, and understanding that their needs are no different from  our needs,  with an  attention to things around me.
I was thrilled from this experience - Thanks with love .



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In my world
I see a colorful blossoms,  I hear the birds chirping and smell the jasmine flower, the spring is here. 
What a great pleasure.




Enjoy the every moment of the Spring  ♥ ♩ ♭ ♫ ♪ ♥

have a wonderful week
Sigalit


4 comments:

  1. That was such a moving account of your experience. I felt like I was there! Very much appreciated :D

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  2. What an amazing experience. Thank you for telling me about it.
    Julia

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