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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.

“La Voce del Tufo” – An unMiracle in Matera

The Birth of an Ancient Tradition ? Tradition reflects.  Often worn smooth by habit, it requires a second glance to recognise the original needs that spurred its development.  Every pagan ritual was devised by very contemporary pagans.  The Stations of … Continue reading

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The Health of the Idea Fountain

An Emotional Report – The unMonastery 23 days The unMonastery Prototype Matera started with at least one tremendous advantage. The initial crew of unMonasterians that slid through the recruitment process and landed pounding at the gates, were a super selection … Continue reading

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UnMo the Mattress

“Show me a man’s bed and I ‘ll tell you who he is.” —  someone, once long ago The prototype unMonastery bed is seemingly ingenious.  The European wooden palette specifics are clear: 80 X 120 cm.  Placed end to end, … Continue reading

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unMonastery prototipo Matera

  The Parable of the Rubinetto After our favorite straight man, Ben’s more rational illumination of the EdgeRyders/unMonastery working model had enthralled our inaugural press conference, we let loose the bloody poet.  Grabbing a not-coincidently nearby length of hose, he … Continue reading

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Souls in a Scenario

The Hidden Theatre of the unMonastery It seems that once upon a time I threw all the elements of my beloved theatre into a pot on the back of the stove.  Given sufficient patience and even minimal heat they would … Continue reading

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Il nonCredo delle nonMonache

Lasciateci Perdere: (Prototipo come tradizione) Ancor non lo sappiamo, nel frattempo: lasciateci perdere. Affronta i tuoi errori faccia a faccia – i sacri muri preserveranno la nostra onestà. Il nostro duro lavoro sará tanto leggendario quanto i nostri baccanali. Ci … Continue reading

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“Il Libro degli Errori”

Adherent Prototype Traditions of the unMonastery : It is in the nature of perspective than one requires the desired distance.  It is the nature of life that it is immediate.   It may have been the stones… Written records indicate that … Continue reading

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Grunting Man

Free jazz can be interesting, but not that interesting.  Jazz with untraditional instrumentation can also be unusually interesting. Free jazz with a bass clarinet, accordion, mouth harp, trombone, a bassoon, varieties of percussionism and generous wailing across the floor from … Continue reading

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The Inside Story – the Secrets of Slow Acting

It was an offer not to be refused – “Could I contribute a two-day workshop at the 26th Bagamoyo Festival of Art and Culture ?”  My ticket to Tanzania was booked, I would be in the neighbourhood in about a week’s time … Continue reading

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Sharpening the Edge

The proposed gathering, Living on the Edge is not yet a laboratory where experiments vital to human survival are performed; conceivably, it may be an SOS call from those witnessing their communities succumbing to gravity; however, it may merely be a … Continue reading

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