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The Death Show (a recital)
Conceived and facilitated by Melania Levitsky

The Death Show (a recital)

Illustration by Nikita Lev Emery

Shall we sit by the fire and talk about Death?  
Loss, grief, fear, disease, spirit, afterlife, dust?
What a tender, intimate, violent, 
terrifying inevitability.

We, Walking the dog Theater people, have perhaps nothing new to say about death, but we are ready to engage the subject with you, with poetry, song, improvisation, clowning, games, imagination, silence, and life.

Please join us.
Death awaits us all.
Perhaps we may become friendly.

View The Death Show Photo Gallery

 

The Death Show (a recital)

Conceived and facilitated by Melania Levitsky

created and performed by
David Anderson, Glenn Barrett, Benedicta Bertau, 
Laura Geilen, Melania Levitsky

with material from 
Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Merwin Lewis, 
Dorothy Parker, Rainer Maria Rilke, Tommaso Albinoni,Gustav Mahler, John Donne, and participants

"As with every other looming terror or looming temptation, we seek ways to deny the power of death and the icy hold in which it grips human thought.  Its constant closeness has always inspired traditional methods by which we consciously and unconsciously disguise its reality, such as folk tales, allegories, dreams, and even jokes.  In recent generations, we have added something new: we have created a method - the method of modern dying.  Modern dying takes place in the modern hospital, where it can be hidden, cleansed of its organic blight, and finally packaged for modern burial.  We can now deny the power not only of death but of nature itself.  We hide our faces from its face, but still we spread our fingers just a bit, because there is something in us that cannot resist a peek."  

- Sherwin B. Nuland MD, Surgeon and Medical Historian, Yale University
in "How We Die - Reflections of Life's Final Chapter", published by Alfred A. Knopf 

This project is our peek at death, our home-grown effort to cope with death in general, with the deaths of our loved ones, and, impossibly, with our own deaths. The mythology is strong, that death will be dignified, pain-free, and, somehow, as we choose it to be.  But the dignified, peaceful death is the extreme exception.  Most deaths are painful, messy and completely degrading.  But perhaps we can kindle in ourselves a different kind of dignity: we are trying to develop the courage to not look away, to lean into the humanity of humiliation.... to surrender to the unknown.  

"When the human spirit departs, it takes with it the vital stuffing of life.  Then only the inanimate corpus remains, which is the least of all the things that make us human."  

- Sherwin B. Nuland MD


View The Death Show Photo Gallery

Thursday, November 8, 2012
8:00pm 
Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham, New York
(Tickets ONLY available at the door.)

9 shows in Hudson:
November
9, 10, 11 & 16, 17, 18 & 23, 24, 25
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm

The Camphill Center for the Arts
360 Warren Street, Hudson, New York

Tickets: $25, $20 seniors and students
WTD 2012 Season Members: FREE


 

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