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New project: ‘Finding Grace’

Funded by The Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom.

#EsterNatzijlprojects has been commissioned (funded) by the Embassy of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom to create ‘Finding Grace’. A multidisciplinary dance theatre performance about, well, finding grace. 

So what does this mean? It means I’m  going to find out how to emulate an animal, a puppet and a God, preferably all at once! And as such I hope to find eternal beauty, happiness, peace, love, health, wealth and success for ever and ever and always in a world that is basically totally wasted. Yes I will find silence in noise and relief in pain. It’s all happening. Grace is right there right now right inside you. We don’t know this yet but I will try to find the path to it. 

Grace is the unicorn inside you radiating a rainbow all around you. 

‘Grace appears most purely in that human form which either has no consciousness or an infinite consciousness. That is, in the puppet, the animalistic or in the god.’ (Heinrich von Kleist in On the Marionette Theatre*)

Follow us:  #findgrace #findinggrace #grace #senseinasenselessworld #religion #spirituality #kleist #onthemarionettetheatre #dance #puppetry #marionette #hybrid #halleluja #andmore 

With @janzalud @juliancaddy @harrietstroet @embassyofthenetherlandsintheunitedkingdom @southeastdance @Loucope

* German poet, dramatist, novelist and short story writer. Heinrich von Kleist is the author of an essay on puppet theatre, titled Über das Marionettentheater (On the Marionette Theatre), which remains one of the milestones in the theory of the theatre in general and of the marionette in particular. The essay was published in Berlin in the Berliner Abendblätter (Berlin Evening Paper, December 12-15, 1810). It is presented as a simulated dialogue between a fictional dancer and a narrator. In the essay, Kleist has one of the interlocutors comment that marionettes possess a grace humans do not.

Drawing by Elisa Pesapane