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Re: Larvatus prodeo revisited John Schranz



Please, as usual, be so kind as to accept my apologies for addressing the
list in English ... however, although I read French quite well it
unfortunately
takes me too long to express myself in it as I would wish to... and even
then, I can't say that I really feel that I manage well enough, especially
when I try to develop certain lines of thought.  

I came back home two days ago after an absence of some six weeks, and I
found the big exchange of emails regarding possible interstices between
theatre and Rene Descartes.

I thought some of Queatre members might be interested in looking into my
Internet Home Page (http://user.orbit.net.mt/josch/) where there is the
entire text (without illustrations, unfortunately) of a book which I
published, together with the actor who performs the one-man performance
which our company launched to coincide with the 4th Centenary of the birth
of Descartes, in 1996.

The performance is called "Id-Descartes", and the book is called
"Id-Descartes - Identity of a Dramaturgy".  We have just come back from
Tartu, Estonia, where we performed "Id-Descartes" in the context of the
Dionisia Festival, which this year had "Identity" as its theme.  We will
next present the performance in mid August, at the Edinburgh Festival,
should any of Queatre's members happen to be there.  "Id-Descartes" is not
a performance *about* Rene Descartes, rather it takes his notorious
body/mind split as its point of departure ... a very focal point of
interest for theatre research, of course.  Indeed, the body/mind split,
moreover, is at the core of the research we are carrying out at the
University of Malta in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux, a
research programme which looks into the work of the performer from the
point of view of Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology. 
Descartes' "cogito" and all that it gave birth to are, of course, central
to theatre research and to brain research.  I was particularly stimulated
to write this email to the list by the quotes which appeared in the letter
below, quotes which were very central to our early stages of creating the
performance ... especially the "Bene vixit, qui bene latuit" quote ...
which also features quite prominently within the text of our book.

If any of your readers are interested, they could visit our home-page, and
then course through the things there are.  The text of the book I refer to
appears in a separate section of the home-page.

Sincerely,

John J Schranz

<josch@orbit.net.mt>

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> From: Brigitte & Stéphane <gadou@sympatico.ca>
> To: Liste de discussion en francais sur le theatre <queatre@uqam.ca>
> Subject: Larvatus prodeo revisited
> Date: 08 June 1999 15:17
> 
> 
> 
>      "Tel ces comédiens, qu'on avise par pudeur à cacher leurs
>      visages: c'est ainsi que moi, m'apprêtant à monter sur cette
>      scène du monde où je ne fus jusqu'à présent que spectateur, je
>      m'avance masqué." [d'après Oeuvres de Descartes, Vrin: 1996;
>      t. X, p.213.]
> 
> Le Larvatus prodeo aurait été rédigé en janvier 1619 alors que Descartes
> n'avait que 22 ans. En 1637 toutefois, il allait reprendre dans le
> Discours de la Méthode quelque chose de cette ancienne note de parcours,
> puisqu'il écrit (en français, cette fois):
> 
> 
>      "Et en toutes les neuf années suivantes, Je ne fis autre chose
>      que rouler ça & là dans le monde, tâchant d'y être spectateur
>      plutôt qu'acteur dans toutes les comédies qui s'y jouent."
>      [ibid. t. VI, p.28]
> 
> Que Descartes soit demeuré spectateur plutôt qu'acteur, n'est-ce pas
> tout le contraire de ce que le Larvatus prodeo annonçait? Mais il faut
> dire que dans l'intérim entre ces deux textes, Descartes avait aussi
> choisit sa devise: BENE VIXIT, BENE LATUIT ("qui vit bien, se cache
> bien") [ ibid. t. I, p.286].
> 
> 
> S/Z
>