Wednesday, February 07, 2007


One of the missions for this blog during the creation of The Fool (returns to his chair) is to post quotes and ideas we have from the ongoing collecting of information we are engaged in. This information is for the cast members to share easily with each other, but it is also to get feedback from anyone interested. By this I mean: If you see a quote or an idea listed that intrigues you or reminds you of something about your own life, feel free to write about it in the comments. If any of the thoughts are used in helping to form our show we will give you credit in the program.
Here are a few quotes I found during the study of The Holy Fool:

1: "We Russians ourselves often exclaim: 'What is going on? But, after all, what else can we expect in this country of fools?!'" - Elena Volkova

2: The Feast Of Fools offers an alternative paradigm, a moment of time in a system when the permanent and formal order is inverted, altered in favor of another temporary, carnivalesque structure based on folly and derision. - Victor Tuner

A. "Believe me, I won't stay, but I will go in the power of Christ; I will mock the world." Again his brother said to him, "No, good brother, please, for the Lord's sake, do not leave wretched me. For I have not yet reached this level, so that I can mock the world.
B. "Beware, please, lest when your face laughs, your mind be dissolved.
- The Life of Symeon The Fool by Leontius of Neapolis


Anonymous Connor said...

Thanks for inviting me to read this and participate. When I read through the summary of what you are researching and thinking about, the first thing that came to mind was 'Stultifera Navis' or Das Narrenschiff or, The Ship of Fools if you prefer. Das Narrenschiff was an epic poem written in 1494 by Sebastian Brandt and illustrated with Durer woodcuts. See this link for more info about the poem (the woodcuts rock):
The poem is actually a long morality tale outlining over 100 'follies' performed by man.
Michel Foucault also opens his book, Madness and Civilization, with a discussion of the ship of fools. Here's a quote from that:
"The Narrenschiff did exist, these boats that conveyed their insane cargo from town to town. Madmen then led an easy wandering existence. The towns drove them outside their limits, they were allowed to wander the open countryside, when not entrusted to a group of merchants or pilgrims... Frequently they were handed over to boatmen. In Frankfort, in 1399, seamen were instructed to rid the city of madmen who walked about the streets naked... Sometimes the sailors disembarked these bothersome passengers sooner than they had promised."
And of course the Heironymous Bosch painting, which forms part of a now broken triptych:
I am intrigued by notion of exile, the fool as a dangerous or harmful presence that must be cast out (The fool may be with Lear during the storm but it was Lear who was exiled). In the german poem, the angle is that the fool is a moral degenerate. But historically, literal ships of fools were vessels that rounded up the insane, 'hysterical' women/witches and the politically disenfranchised.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Even In Blackouts said...

I love that you added "politically disenfranchised", that is a topic I want to eventually make links to when discussing Fools. Perhaps even the parks that had legal soapbox discussions and prophletizing. I would like to track down personal accounts of these political, and religious parade grounds.

2:25 PM  

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