essay on cruelty or mr. fatzer meets the queen of spades # 03

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A divine violence raises the victim above the monotonous life in which men carry on their calculated living. Cruelty can derive from eroticism, as well as, eventually, the massacre of prisoners may aim cannibalism. The return to an animality, the definitive oblivion of limits is inconceivable in war. In a thirst for blood, delirious warriors, however, do not massacre each other mutually [Bataille].

‘essay on cruelty’ does not only regard one but all the crude, rough, bloody and unnecessary battles. To navigate in these scenarios based on the banality of evil, two characters were selected: The Queen of Spades [Lewis Caroll] and Mr. Fatzer [Bertold Brecht]. Indeed, the dialog between them can be almost a non-dialog. There is a tension between Alice’s immersible trip thought this scenario and the horror portrayed in the mediatized massacres images. What is this place? _ asks our character. It is a flesh trade._ answers the one.

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2007 _ INTERNACIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL OF RIO PRETO, SÃO JOSÉ DO RIO PRETO, BRAZIL

2007 _ LABOR, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

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music [ free improvisation] : THOMAS ROHRER _ rabeca, sax and ANTONIO PANDA GIANFRATTI _ contemporary percussion
photos: GAL OPPIDO
‘Alice’ live interpretation: PATRÍCIA GORDO
thanks to ROBERTA MAHFUZ