Nekyia, on the road to Preston.

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This article shares a series of reflections on my stand and outlook today in relationship to performance and theatre. It is offered as preparatory notes, to Amy Rome, professor at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and organizer of the coming Symposium titled Transdisciplinary Explorations into Performativity, as well as to Jane Turner, Principal Lecturer of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, and guest lecturer at the Symposium. The Symposium follows my being awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire.

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July 17 to 20, 2018
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Nekyia is the Greek word for descent, and specifically for the descent into hell, into the pagan hell, the Kingdom of Hades, the abode of the dead. James Hillman, in The Dream and the Underworld, says the Nekyia takes place along a two-way road whose traffic is all the more intense since, according to him, dreams are assembled in hell and take the same royal road as the dead do. Each dream brings together a cast of ghosts, ancestral ones or ghostly replicas of the living, often of the dreamer himself. Permission is granted them to visit us, the so-called living, usually at night, when the gates of hell open. Lire la suite

The Unexpected Voice: EGYPT, Mother of all Fiction

Expanded from a lecture delivered in Torino:

IL GENIO DRAMMATURGICO ORACOLARE
The genius of oracular dramaturgy

14 luglio 2017 – Cavallerizza – Torino. Lecture by Enrique Pardo: on the occasion of a visit to the Museo Egizio, the director proposes a meditation on the invention of religions in Egitto, mother of all fictions. Special gratitude to the Cavallerizza I-REALE occupata for its hospitality.

 

 

Museo Egizio Entrance

The town of Torino has the surprising reputation of being one of the Europe’s capitals of magic. This is due especially to its Egyptian Museum, product of the fascination with Egypt in the 19th century after Napoleon’s expeditions, which were Masonic-driven enterprises to a large extent, seeking for the source and prestige of Egyptian esoteric magic. Bernardino Drovetti, a highly colorful and animoso (fiery) character joined Napoleon’s Egyptian party, to then remain in place as French proconsul and thus obtain all the permits needed to organize archeological digs, send them back to

Sr Drovetti

Italy (he was from Torino…) – or sell them all over Europe. Later, in the 1890s, Sr. Ernesto Schiaparelli an archeologist of high repute, senator to the monarchy, expanded the Torino museum with his own extraordinary discoveries (he found Nefertiti!): he was particularly lucky to stumble upon the village of the artisans who built the palaces and temples of the Valley of Kings, and Queens. These sites were intact, preserved under desert sand. The atmosphere in Turin when the cases arrived and were opened was, well, “magic”.

Here are some reflections on the occasion of the visit to the Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino, organized by Piccola Compagnia della Magnolia who invited Linda Wise and me to direct a professional theatre course as part of their project Alta Formazzione MAESTRALE 2017. First class hosts and first class participants (the organizers’ choice.) Our project addressed Divinatory Theatre – and more precisely Il genio dramaturgico oracolare (The genius of oracular dramaturgy). I am a great believer, especially in laboratory contexts, in the maxim that says: “If you write “devil” on the wall, the devil will appear”. We wrote “Egypt”.

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Hillman Sibyllin / Castellucci Anima

Suite des réflexions pour le Séminaire du 10 janvier 2016 sur l’Orestie de Romeo Castellucci.  En réponse à une note d’Anna Griève.

Sirènes & Sibylles

Festival Mythe et Théâtre 2007

C’est le mot « sibyllin » qui suscite ces réflexions, et qui semble avoir une connotation négative en français: obscur, énigmatique, et souvent, qui essaie de séduire en faisant l’intéressant. Pour ma part j’éprouve une curiosité fascinée pour les Sibylles – et particulièrement pour la Sibylle de Cumes. Nous avons dédié un Festival aux Sirènes et Sibylles en 2007, dans la série Mythes de la Voix. Être sibyllin est donc un compliment ! J’en suis, et Romeo Castellucci aussi. Et James Hillman. La Sibylle de Cumes était d’ailleurs l’une des principales voix et porte-paroles de l’anima païenne. Bienvenue donc dans le cercle sibyllin : j’attends avec impatience votre exposé sur le lien entre l’esprit de la tragédie grecque et les Upanishads ! Mais d’abord retour à Romeo Castellucci :

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Harold Bloom: a new ‘religion’…

From a letter to Haim Isaacs, singer, performer & writer.

Harold Bloom – I presume you know him, maybe well: one of the best if most polemic American literary critics. Here is a  summary of one of his books (in an Academia.edu bibliography of Religious Studies):

Harold Bloom, The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Bloom makes a convincing case that by the middle of the twentieth century there emerges an over-arching religious orientation (as opposed to doctrine) that cuts across a variety of mutually exclusive theological traditions. That orientation is Gnosticism characterized by methods of obtaining knowledge of our inner selves, establishing and maintaining a personal relationship with the divine (often at the expense of social solidarity), and fostering an obsession with our unique individual identities.

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Rafael Lopez-Pedraza – 2 : Archétypes

L’émergence de la psychologie des archétypes

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1969, Londres : l’Institut Warburg / La Bibliothèque Welcome

Deux extraits commentés d’un excellent interview de Rafael Lopez-Pedraza par l’analyste vénézuélien Axel Capriles – publié en espagnol chez Editorial Fata Morgana (Méxique) – (mes traductions):

Extrait 1 : Warburg / Welcome

ACM: Comment ont émergé les études sur la psychologie des archétypes dans la psychologie jungienne?

RLP: En 1969, une grande lassitude se faisait sentir à l’Institut (C.G. Jung de Zurich), il y avait un grand malaise et de grandes lacunes. Cette année-là, Hillman et moi sommes allés à Londres et nous vivions près de l’Institut Warburg et de la Bibliothèque Welcome. Je lisais déjà, pendant ces années, les œuvres des savants et chercheurs de l’Institut Warburg. La Bibliothèque Welcome est une bibliothèque de l’histoire de la médecine. Elle a été fondée par le consortium pharmaceutique anglais Welcome. Des spécialistes de l’histoire de la médecine du monde entier y vont étudier. Nous y avons passé du temps à étudier et à parler avec les investigateurs. Nous ne savons pas comment toutes ces choses de l’Institut Warburg, de la Bibliothèque Welcome, ont commencé à entrer dans notre psyché. Lire la suite