Heart of Darkness on stage in Groningen

Het Toneelhuis / Guy Cassiers. Met rasacteur Josse de Pauw.

Het boek Heart of Darkness vormde voor Francis Ford Coppola een grote inspiratiebron voor ‘Apocalypse now’. Cassiers bewerkte deze literaire klassieker voor toneel. Hij is de meester van het vooruitstrevende hightech theater, met een dominante rol voor de video- en geluidscollages, gesproken tekst en geluidseffecten.

Duister hart vertelt het verhaal van Marlow die als stoombootkapitein, in dienst van een Brusselse handelsonderneming, in de onherbergzame binnenlanden van Congo op zoek gaat naar de handelsagent Kurtz. Wanneer Marlow na een slopende, krankzinnig makende zoektocht in het oerwoud eindelijk aankomt bij de losgeslagen Kurtz, die diep in de jungle zijn paradijs heeft uitgebouwd – een hel waar de enige geldende wet zijn wil is – vindt hij niet alleen een fysiek maar ook een moreel wrak.

Josse de Pauw speelt Marlow, maar tegelijk ook alle andere personages die als videoprojectie verschijnen. Zijn tocht doorheen het oerwoud is een opeenvolging van ontmoetingen met aspecten van zichzelf totdat hij zich uiteindelijk ook moet herkennen in het ‘duister hart’ van Kurtz. Na het geprezen Onder de vulkaan is Duister hart een nieuwe samenwerking tussen Guy Cassiers en Josse De Pauw.

  • Datum dinsdag 01 mei 2012
  • Tijdstip 20:15 tot 22:05
  • Locatie Stadsschouwburg, Turfsingel 86

See: Het Toneelhuis / Guy Cassiers – Duister hart / Josse de Pauw — De Oosterpoort en de Stadsschouwburg.

British Library acquires the St Cuthbert Gospel, the earliest intact European book

The British Library has announced that it has successfully acquired the St Cuthbert Gospel, a miraculously well-preserved 7th century manuscript that is the oldest European book to survive fully intact and therefore one of the world’s most important books.

A manuscript copy of the Gospel of St John, the St Cuthbert Gospel was produced in the North East of England in the late 7th century and was placed in St Cuthbert’s coffin on Lindisfarne, apparently in 698. The Gospel was found in the saint’s coffin at Durham Cathedral in 1104. It has a beautifully worked original red leather binding in excellent condition, and it is the only surviving high-status manuscript from this crucial period in British history to retain its original appearance, both inside and out. The manuscript has been digitised in full, allowing it to be made freely available online for the first time via the Library’s Digitised Manuscripts webpage.

See British Library – Press and Policy Centre – British Library acquires the St Cuthbert Gospel – the earliest intact European book.

Descendants of Dickens and Tolkien to Collaborate

A literary partnership between Charles Dickens and J. R. R. Tolkien would have been downright impossible, if not undesirable. A tale of hungry workhouse hobbits who want more gruel? An evil, all-seeing eye visited by foreboding spirits on Christmas? But a London publisher has nonetheless found a way to get their names onto the same project, in the form of a collaboration between descendants of Tolkien and Dickens, BBC News reported. The publisher Thames River Press said it would release two fantasy novels written by Michael Tolkien, aimed at younger readers and based on stories told to him by his grandfather, the “Lord of the Rings” author J. R. R. Tolkien. Gerald Dickens, a great-great grandson of Dickens, will narrate the audiobook releases. BBC News said the first book, called “Wish,” was inspired by the Florence Bone story “The Rose-Colored Wish” and chronicles two children who come into possession of an evil sorcerer’s enchanted artifact; the second book, “Rainbow,” takes its inspiration from another work by Ms. Bone called “The Other Side of the Rainbow.”

from  A Match Made in Literary Heaven: Descendants of Dickens and Tolkien to Collaborate – NYTimes.com.

Shakespeare – there must be a recession

In a recession people fall back on the old reliables. In the UK that means Shakespeare so the BBC is running Shakespeare Unlocked in part at least to coincide with the Olympics. You can download radio programmes and TV clips of actors and directors discussing Shakespeare as well as Shakespeare’s Restless World (BBC Radio 4) an exploration of Shakespeare and his times through twenty objects including a theatre-goer’s fork and a woodcut depicting Ireland at the end of the 16th century. The Shakespeare Unlocked site has a wide range of things to look at and listen to and is well worth visiting.

Shakespeare's Birthplace
Shakespeare's Birthplace

In July-November the British Museum will host ‘a major exhibition’ which ‘provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city’ under the flag Shakespeare: Staging the World. Although the advance publicity is worded in a predictable manner, it probably will be a major exhibition. It’s interesting that ‘Shakespeare’ is considered to be more marketable than ‘London’.