The labyrinth in literature
– the dream –

Fragment nr.13 from “The Truth of Labyrinth”

1/ An existential experience
A day like any other, we are caught up by our automatisms, our usual rhythms, with their customary actions and thoughts, a walk in the woods, a job to do, exchanges with our peers, the usual daily difficulties, when suddenly the flows stop, we stop, we become anxious and afraid, we are stunned – and the human bubble suddenly unravels, cracks, because this is a staggering moment in our life. It suddenly reveals an elsewhere, a gaping opening: the immensity of our ignorance, of our solitude, as we face what lies ahead. The intuition is tremendous. The intra-human can no longer blind us, delight or reassure us. There is something else: a universe that seems unfathomable to our conscience.

2/ A force
The unknown shall be beyond this known divinity, which has been developed by man and will be a fallow field which cannot be shaped. Because how can we approach something that we are not aware of? With this exception that we begin to suspect that the Unknown, instead of being amorphous and without consistency, is actually constantly moving, swept on by forces that as yet are still occult – until the next discovery (scientific or other) which will enlighten us, teach us, unveil a something that is similar to our human condition.

3/ A risky assumption
Within this beyond, which extends beyond the divine and humanity, there is something else, something that has been set apart: a hole, a hollow, something that is devoid of materiality. Some will say: the Spirit in its purest form. An immaterial entity, endowed with energy. A starless galaxy. The frantic fall of the non-being onto itself.

4/ A pedagogical system
So many considerations, which in the intra-human, will give us an idea about a pedagogical system of not-knowing. Which invites you to meditate, to take a journey: far from the confines, from the presumption of being oneself and from something absolute. A pedagogical system whose only ideal will be our inner peace, with respect for our body, our sanctuary.

Maria Rebecca Ballestra, in collaboration with Franca Fioravanti and Marco Romei
Le parole che rimangono. Sarò io, sarà il silenzio
(Words bound to remain. It will be me, it will be silence)

Theatre performance by and with Franca Fioravanti (Teatro delle Nuvole) and Maria Rebecca Ballestra

Dramaturgy by Marco Romei from texts by Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Julien Friedler, Eugène Ionesco, Fernando Pessoa, Luigi Pirandello, William Shakespeare

The labyrinth certainly represents one of the most common topoi in the history of literature. In this stage of the Labrys project, Maria Rebecca Ballestra wants to focus on the theme of the labyrinth in western narrative tradition, linking it to another popular literary leitmotif: dreams. These two paradigms share more aspects than one would first think of. As a matter of fact, under a careful analysis, they both represent useful metaphors, on the one side, for a research into the knowledge of truth and, on the other side, for the exploration of the subconscious.

In this performance – actively embodied by Maria Rebecca Ballestra and Franca Fioravanti – literature steps in and becomes action, body, presence, voice. The words that compose the fragment of this works are actually being read, thus becoming sound, but are also written, thus becoming image. They are held together by a red thread – already present in the work entitled Labrys – an object that recalls Arianna’s thread, unrolled on the way into the labyrinth and rewind on the way back towards the exit. This thread thus linkes together the literary texts – that s to say, thoughts – and allows us to follow thea mental itinerary of knowledge and experience illustrated by the performance.

At the same time, this red thread link together those participating to the action: not only the two artists, but also the fourteen members of the public, invited to form a circle. In this way the work creates the image of a human spyral. This disposal reminds us the shape of the most ancient circular and one-way labyrinths. In a similar way, the reference to the spiral ritual dance belonging to ancient myths have always been associated to the image and the essence of the labyrinth itself.

Mediateca provinciale di Gorizia “Ugo Casiraghi”
via G. Bombi 7, Gorizia
6 March 2018 6pm:
performance of Le parole che rimangono. Sarò io, sarà il silenzio