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About bembodavies

Theatre worker who long ago abandoned theatres, I remain adept at fabricating projects out of thin air. All proposals welcome.

Horrible Man Witnesses Theatre

I am livid.  Once again I’ve been forced to witness ‘presumed’ theatre:  now is the time for directness — the naked concept unswathed in cumbersome allusion or metaphor.  A chorus of aspiring somethings have let themselves be recruited by their … Continue reading

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The Utter Theatre of Liberation

Many things are inevitable. Some just take a long time. For reasons unbeknownst to me, I said yes. It couldn’t have gone better… Being swaddled in the vestments of a bloody artist may have gotten me as far as a … Continue reading

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XRcising XR

Mining the Metaphor II Art by committee can be questionable amounts of fun. Hopefully, the grand idea gets propped up from multiple directions; but it can easily take a democratic pummeling. A project’s success may depend less upon one clear … Continue reading

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Follow-up is Quite Something

Full Moon, 16-19 September, Kokkinopilos, Mount Olympus Once again the unMonastery succumbed to our favourite fetish:  whenever possible, we place major our occasions along the notches of the Saros cycle. It is as if we still harbour the belief that … Continue reading

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First Steps II

The Fossil Record is ambiguous. Paleontology cannot detect the minor evolutions in the alignment of bone fragments that could conclusively indicate that a branch of the humanoid family suddenly spent large amounts of time exploring choreographed sequences. Physiologically, it all … Continue reading

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A Grammar of Acting

A Speech of Parts – the Language of an inspired Actor If theatre is a language, it could conceivably have a stable grammar and strict grammatical rules. But languages evolve, and we who grew up speaking them as our mother … Continue reading

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Jagdschloss Göhrde — a potential unMonastery school?

Two Annual Gathering designs as inspired by meeting with Göhrde. In early September 2015, three veteran unMonasterians descended for two days upon Göhrde, an hour south of Hamburg.  Ben flew in from Istanbul, Katalin came from Lausanne, and Bembo dropped … Continue reading

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Alessandria — Teatro Comunale

remit:  When he heard of the unMonastery project, local co-working social activist, Giorgio Baracco, took an impulsive trip to Athens to inquire if we could be interested in a massive project:  his historically pivotal city of Alessandria at the edge … Continue reading

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Revisiting Pochinko

It had been some years.  Many thanks to the ubiquitous Book of the Face, the past has acquired an even more tenacious habit of catching up to one.  Now, the possibility having been circulated for a good year and a … Continue reading

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Stella Polaris — infectious generosity

I sobbed deeply at the theatre yesterday.  It has happened before, although twenty years in the wilderness is a long time to be left yearning.  Then, as now, the criteria was not incessant brilliant invention, nor some external esthetic cleverness.  … Continue reading

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