Burning of the Ancient Library of Alexandria
February 12-22, 2009
AN ORIGINAL THEATER PIECE WITH AN INTERPRETIVE AND VISUAL ART EXHIBITION
ARTSHIP Ensemble – San Francisco
2009 - 2010 Home Season & World Premiere
CounterPULSE 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Thurs, Fri, Sat, February 12, 13, 14 - 8:00PM
Fri, Sat, February 20, 21 at 8:00PM
Sun, February 22 - 2:00 PM matinee with the filming of the performance
Tickets $ 20 - students, seniors and CounterPULSE members $15
Tickets may be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling: 1.800.838.3006
Conceived and Directed by Slobodan Dan Paich
in collaboration with the ensemble
Artship Actors, Dancers, and Singers:
Ana Diane Landelle, Tom Franco, Ali Tahbaz,
Mardi Van Winkle, Craig Coss, Nazila Ghazi,
Julia Lazar, Zia Burchert, Damiana Carpizo,
Brandon Christian, Sam Rubin
Suellen Primost, Cello,
John Kadyk, Clarinet & Steel Drum,
Marie Perrey, Harmonium & Percussion
The central figure is Hypatia, daughter of the last chief librarian, who wanted to live a simple life, but events would not let her. Hypatia was one of the greatest mathematicians of her time, and head of the Academy in Alexandria. For her, the simple life was teaching day to day.
In the ebb and flow of history, times of cultural flourishing are superseded by times of oppression and darkness. It seems that the great library was burnt more than once.
About the Performance
The performance of Burning of the Ancient Library of Alexandria deals directly or indirectly with ideas of alignment and disalignment of place, issues of freedom of speech and expression, and the rise and fall of empires.
The performance addresses the tensions brought about by huge events in history to ordinary people who happen to be there. The central figure is the daughter of the chief librarian, Hypatia, who wanted to live an ordinary simple life–but the events of her time would not let her. In the ebb and flow of history, times of cultural flourishing are superseded by times of oppression and darkness. It seems that the great library was burnt more than once.
“The loss of the ancient world's single greatest archive of knowledge, the Library of Alexandria, has been lamented for ages. But how and why it was lost is still a mystery. The mystery exists not for lack of suspects, but from an excess of them.” Preston Chesser, The Burning of the Library of Alexandria (2006)
Anadiane Landelle and Tom Franco, interspersed with historical drawings and heiroglyphs
Images from the incubating rehearsals of Alexandria
Images from a performance of Burning of the Ancient Library of Alexandria