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Nietzsche Circle Presents
Requiem Aeternam Deo
Thursday, March 22, 2007 through Sunday, April 15, 2007

He saw with eyes that saw everything; he saw the depths and grounds of the human.

Length: 1 hr 30 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Experience the earthy, ritualistic spectacle of Requiem Aeternam Deo: A Play for Everyone & Nobody, written & directed by Fulya Peker. Staging the death of God, this Middle Eastern woman blends Eastern and Western traditions to explore the necessity of creating new values in the midst of such social and religious crises.

Based on Graham Parkes’ momentous new translation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, this expressionistic work reaches out to breathe with the spectator, opening up possibilities for discovery through the experience of a communal journey, which may in fact inspire its audience to gain what Emerson called “an original relation to the cosmos,” and dissolve the borders of east and west in theater. To hear Nietzsche’s words spoken aloud is to realize once again what a truly lyrical writer he is, that, in fact, he is one of our preeminent poets, a sculptor who has transfigured words and made music of them.

A captivating fusion of painting, dance, music, and ceremonial rites, Peker’s Requiem evokes the spirit of Butoh and Grotowski and is ripe with a sense of the earth. Requiem Aeternam Deo is a timely and provocative play which expresses with real force the need for sacredness in an open universe not constricted by monotheistic laws or man made borders. In our tempestuous religious epoch, this work addresses some of the dangerous trials we are engaged in. Experience the Eternal Requiem now!

ZARATHUSTRA, THE AWAKENED ONE, THROUGH WHOM A GOD DANCES, WILL BRING HIS SACRED AND SECRET GIFT TO HUMANITY: AN ETERNAL REQUIEM FOR GOD.

WILL MAN BECOME RIPE ENOUGH TO WITNESS HIS WOE IN THE VERY NAKED EYES OF ZARATHUSTRA, AND LAUGH? WILL HE ENDURE THE CONTINUOUS BEWILDERMENT OF OVERCOMING FEAR AND PITY? WILL HE BECOME CHILD ENOUGH TO CREATE BEYOND HIMSELF AND THEREBY PERISH?

WHEN THE TIME COMES, WILL WE BE READY TO TAKE OFF OUR SHOES AND FEEL THE EARTH?

THIS IS A CONFRONTATION WITH THE IDEA OF BEING A PART OF AND BEING APART FROM THE SACRED ETERNITY.

Look for David Kilpatrick’s interview with Fulya Peker in the April issue of The Brooklyn Rail and for Horst Hutter’s interview with Graham Parkes on Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra on the NC website.
 


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