2008-2009: From War to Beauty
Hatred, intolerance and war seem to have shaped the last three generations as much as they shaped the ancient world. Although it is with sadness that I say this, amidst the realization that no one generation can save the others from making the same painful mistakes, I marvel at the facility of expression that man reveals when surrounded by harshness and sorrow. It is under these circumstances, indeed, that the human being seeks relief and resolution through an escape to a world in which even the darkest and most painful of moments are ultimately beautiful; and in the epiphany of this juxtaposition, we find redemption.
From War to Beauty exposes those crude juxtapositions of life, and celebrates the human ability to see and create beauty during the most horrific of circumstances. The Rape of Lucretia is the result of post World War II Europe. A double allegory examining war in the ancient world through modern eyes, it draws parallels between the rape of Lucretia by Tarquinius, the rape of Rome by the Etruscans, and the rape of Europe by war. Our second production, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, conceived during World War I, presents an innocent morality tale that explores the already present pulls of conflict and desire for resolution in a child's world. Both pieces, although very different in nature, explore the same human conditions that are still the source of tragedy today: selfishness and intolerance, always seen through the lens of our inescapable search for beauty.
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