Luxury Travelling – Inside the Wild Heart

A review of Inside the Wild Heart, an immersive performance
directed by Linda Wise in New York and based on the life and
work of Clarice Lispector (1920, Ukraine - 1977, Rio de
Janeiro), Brasil’s most renowned woman-writer.
It opened on October 19 and runs until November 18, 2018.

The project was conceived and produced by Andressa Furletti and Debora Ballardini – directors of Group.BR, a Brazilian theatre company based in New York. Both are militant admirers of Clarice Lispector, and chose an array of texts from her collected works. They also envisioned the performance project as “immersive”, and chose the location. And, very important, both wanted to act in the piece, among a cast of twelve or so performers. This is obviously a complex equation and, I must say from the outset, having seen it three times, a great artistic and team achievement, a total success if only on those counts, and I hope lots of people get to see it since it is likely to be a unique experience. Lire la suite


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.

July 17 to 20, 2018
The Media Factory
University of Central Lancashire. Preston UK
Pantheatre’s Myth and Theatre Festival
June 19 to July 1st, 2018
Roy Hart Centre, Southern France

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Nekyia Festival 2018

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Editorial for the 2018  Myth and Theatre Festival

From June 19 to July 1st, 2018
at Malerargues, Roy Hart Centre, Southern France
Classes - Laboratories - Performances - Lectures

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

Plutarch and Santa Maria Presenting Maria Fernandez

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Maria Fernandez is a long-time friend and collaborator of Pantheatre. She has been, for many years, my esoteric sister, and especially after I graduated and became a positive skeptic – of the “why not?” kind…  She will be guest of honor at two major events in 2018 :

The Paris Symposium & Laboratory :
Teachers, Cheaters, Gurus, Mentors.
April 27 to May 1st, 2018.

The Myth and Theatre Festival.
Theme: Nekyia : Descent to the Underworld.
At Malerargues, Roy Hart Centre, Southern France.
June 19 to July 1st, 2018.

A first presentation

No one that I know has travelled the way Maria Fernandez has, and therefore no one that I know knows more about “teachers, cheaters, gurus, mentors”. To mention the masters and mistresses Maria has befriended would sound like science fiction. To name but three: Baba Ji, the Dalai Lama, the formidable Shakmah Winddrum. Yet, three years ago she undertook possibly her most serious journey when she had a very severe brain stroke and went under for some months. I visited her with trepidation shortly after it happened; sang to her and moved her arms lightly in order to dance with her. I saw the glimmers of a smile on her face. She says that she has recovered 97%, and that she is happy to do without the overactive remaining 3%. Lire la suite

The Unexpected Voice: EGYPT, Mother of all Fiction

Expanded from a lecture delivered in Torino:

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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Rafael Lopez-Pedraza 4 – Borderline Freaks

Festina sails

Festina Lente / Medici, Florence

Le regain d’intérêt pour Rafael Lopez-Pedraza (1920 – 2011), figure emblématique d’une psychothérapie « archétypale » – dite « post-junguienne » – est venu d’une rencontre récente, la première de ce genre pour moi, avec une psychiatre vénézuélienne qui avait été en analyse avec lui à Caracas. Je n’avais rencontré Rafael que dans des contextes de dialogues culturels, de laboratoires théâtraux ou d’amitié informelle.

Je suis retourné relire ses livres, dont : Hermès et ses Enfants. J’ai aussi découvert sur internet l’excellente entrevue avec Axel Capriles (2004). Document essentiel, car Rafael y clarifie certains événements et idées qui ont balisé sa carrière «archétypale» : des informations détaillées qui, pour ceux qui connaissent son travail et sa pensée, sont d’une grande valeur.

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Rafael Lopez-Pedraza 3 : Hermès et le Picatrix

hermes_trismegisteLa psychologie archétypale a émergé, selon Rafael Lopez-Pedraza, lors de réunions à Zurich[1] à la fin des années 1960 pour des lectures du Picatrix.

Le Picatrix est ce qu’on appelle un grimoire, c’est à dire un livre d’instructions magiques, surtout pour la fabrication de talismans et d’amulettes, généralement en référence à l’astrologie. Il est apparu en Europe lors de la Renaissance italienne, en provenance des cultures arabes très sophistiquées du Haut Moyen Âge – cultures qui nous ont aussi transmis le Corpus Hermeticum (Cf. image – j’en parle plus bas). Le Picatrix est un livre dont l’esprit, et parfois la lettre, ont inspiré pratiquement toutes les traditions magiques syncrétistes du monde – par exemple : le vodou haïtien ou les rasta jamaïcains. Lire la suite

Rafael Lopez-Pedraza – 2 : Archétypes

L’émergence de la psychologie des archétypes


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