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04 October 2012

"THE TRAGIC THEATRE" by Elias Foukis

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by Elias Foukis


 Of all the artistic failures

that have nothing to do with either laws  or the Muses

pay attention to the main one

Protect your heads

 from Greece`s moan

that was enclosed

inside your masks.


The role you undertook to play

 does not strike anyone.

It itself is struck powerfully by the irresistible aspiration of the Dialecticto

overwhelm the Human Being

with second opinions

 in a second head in order

 to interpret in keeping with its preferences

all that will take place in the space of the World.


Independently of what went on in your brains

which were subservient

just like the territory of the Empires

the protest of the soul

was not heard by anyone

because logic had been completely excluded.


It had been completely excluded

and here it`s Greece`s fault as it ceded to Dionysos

extents of Earth and soul

for his light-hearted and silly games

and the Heavenly places which had never been touched

by the hands of tragedy

 were invited onto the stage

 to play sub-songs for amusement.


On the stairs you`d think the conscience of the World was territorial

applause broke out

and the Nightmares who even the night considered too dangerous

to be included in its darkness

confirmed that they had earned the right

 to walk unmolested with Happiness

in the flow of Days.


If at times you erred

and shifted the hero from mask to brain

because of this collective authenticity

you will sustain heavy artistic blows.


Ah, here yes you found Olympus on its own Time!

Precisely when they lighted a few

 superstitious fires on it

and who knows what other long road

it will burden Greece with again!

And on the return the tired field-marshals

when they find themselves at the

Mercy of Seas

and no hand will be stretched out to them

from Olympus to pull them back to solid Earth

and they will curse the Tragedy as inhuman and evil.


Spontaneously then

plunge to the lower feelings of Earth

which warned you that soon they will be looking straight into Nightmares` eyes.

Or so that we may be more like Humanists about the World

a kind of incomparable Fog

that will block visions this way and that

like a black sheet

for the mourning for Persephone.


That is why it`s also feared this make-believe

Humanist will take us by the throat

and dressed in white will go into Athens

in order to hide the evil Hour

which roams the World like a paralyticto acquire the right to be History.

That is why actors if you desire

that your temporary presence on Earth

is not the cause of misunderstanding

regarding Humanity`s being dressed in the white garments of Humanism

it would be better if you had the conviction this World

has a skinny body

and its lines not suited

to that outfit

so that when the Future reveals

the failure of Philosophy

and the vanity of all things

perhaps the conscience of the World will also be upset

by the mistake that was shown to be so small and enveloped its spacious heart

leaving Tragedy out.


And indeed now when Greek Horizons are clear

it is suspected that from the East

this same darkness and same cyclone

will rush in with mania slyly slipping past the Symplegades

and will demolish the

Visions of the World

with the eternal and heretical slogan:

"Beware Bad Art and Athens.”


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