Re-membering the whole

“At its origin, theatre was an act of healing, of healing in the city. According to the action of fundamental, entropic forces, no city can avoid a fundamental process of fragmentation. But when the population assembles together, and a momentary healing reunites the larger body, in which each member, re-membered finds its place . . . Hunger, violence, gratuitous cruelty, rape, crime – these are constant companions in the present time. Theatre can penetrate into the darkest zones of terror and despair for one reason only: to be able to affirm, neither before nor after but at the very same moment, that light is present in darkness.”

– Peter Brook
Threads of Time, 1998

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