Sunday, March 27, 2005

World Theatre Day International Message 2005

27 March 2005   World Theatre Day
World Theatre Day International Message 2005

Ariane Mnouchkine
Stage Director

Help !

Theatre, come to my rescue !

I am asleep. Wake me

I am lost in the dark, guide me, at least towards a candle

I am lazy, shame me

I am tired, raise me up

I am indifferent, strike me

I remain indifferent, beat me up

I am afraid, encourage me

I am ignorant, teach me

I am monstrous, make me human

I am pretentious, make me die of laughter

I am cynical, take me down a peg

I am foolish, transform me

I am wicked, punish me.

I am dominating and cruel, fight against me

I am pedantic, make fun of me

I am vulgar, elevate me

I am mute, untie my tongue

I no longer dream, call me a coward or a fool

I have forgotten, throw Memory in my face

I feel old and stale, make the Child in me leap up

I am heavy, give me Music

I am sad, bring me Joy

I am deaf, make Pain shriek like a storm

I am agitated, let Wisdom rise within me

I am weak, kindle Friendship

I am blind, summon all the Lights

I am dominated by Ugliness, bring in conquering Beauty

I have been recruited by Hatred, unleash all the forces of Love.

WORLD THEATRE DAY was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community, various national and international theatre events being organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the International Message traditionally written by a theatre personality of world stature at the invitation of the International Theatre Institute.

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