Asked by Marcel Delval, director of
ALL SOULS (Théâtre Varia, Brussels) and of TERMINUS (Théâtre
en Liberté au Théâtre de la Place des Martyrs, Brussels)
If the Divine Law happens to vanish, what
will remain of human law?
Tragedy (post Nietzsche).
There is no justification for humanity
except an ethical one (ethics begins with the acknowledgment of The Other).
Is life: Pure imagination?
The living dead's territory? The raw substance's bubbling?
"Life is what happens to you when you"re
busy making other plans" (John Lennon)
As Camus said: the only serious philosophical
question is that of suicide.
Life is vitally ambiguous.
Ornithological symbols: game, mysticism
All of the above.
The three men of the Terminus bar are
they the wreckage of a tragic choir?
Yes, they are what remains of the Tragic
Chorus: they are the "final outcome" of what Sophocles created when he
radically departed from the Chorus as created by Aeschylus and Euripides
(the triumph of private concerns over public good).
Is childhood a lost paradise?
No. Look at what is happening to
children in Central Africa, in post communist Romania (etc), on the streets
of Brazil, in the slums of Glasgow and Belfast, in the shanty towns of
every post industrial, post colonial economy. Etcetera.
Also: "The newborn infant is already old
enough to die" (Montaigne).
Is love a cooled hell?
"Hell is other people" (Sartre).
Hate is something contained within love.
Read the Oresteia by Aeschylus.
Read the theatre essays of the (late) Polish
critic Jan Kott (he is brilliant).
Is Australia a post-modern purgatory ?
Yes, Australia has always been and remains
an eternal purgatory for anyone who thinks; it is hell for anyone who acts
upon what they think (if that thinking is in any way opposed to the mediocrity
of thought that the culture is founded upon and continues to defend).
What I write, I write despite the accepted
culture. I am in a constant state of animosity towards the culture
I live in. This animosity is not sustainable: it is too exhausting,
emotionally and intellectually.
What is your feeling about the work and
thought of D.H. Lawrence ?
I have neither thoughts nor feelings about
this work. I think it is mostly weak, misogynist, self-pitying
Idem about the work and thought of T.S.
Eliot and his Waste Land?
Four Quartets is a work superior to The
Waste Land. Eliot is a great poet. He is only an "interesting"
playwright. He is also dead. I hope he is resting in peace.
His work still throws a very large shadow over contemporary poetry.
Most poets would deny this.
Is it possible to exceed the Christian
myth, and/or do only meaningless rites remain ?
No rites are meaningless.
What matters is the making of these rites.
In their making lies their meaning. They are a human need.
Whether or not God exists is beside the point. Human beings need
to feel that the transcendent is possible. To transcend means to
feel part of what is eternal. Human beings are finite: the tragedy
of existence compels human beings to create a "greater" possibility.
Transcendence is a human desire.
It is possible, in a Godless world, to transcend (to transgress the temporal/material).
All rites are transgressions. Transgressions
agreed upon. Transgressions to be celebrated. They enable the passage
of a soul from one place to another. From ignorance towards knowledge,
out of darkness into light, from youth to adulthood, virgin to bride/groom.
Rites enact, repeat, remember and portray,
they are acts common to all cultures, to all times. Why is that so?
Why do we need to see again what we already know?
Also: No act of theatre is natural.
It always leaves something out. It always includes something unnatural.
Our presence at an act of theatre is a collaboration with illusion, a subversion
of reality, a transgression of materialism, a gamble on the existence of
In Terminus, according to John, after
words and fiction have died, only Revelation remains. Isn't your
theater a proof of the contrary ?
My theatre is a revelation (of what is
already known) made of words and fiction.
Also: I am not John: I don't necessarily
agree with him.
Does Johanna's desire hesitate - beyond
her own thinking - between a spiritual love and a human love?
All love is a beautiful hesitation between
the spiritual and the human.
Is every human being predestinated or
is there some kind of free-will?
I am free to ignore this question.
The Androgyne : a human ideal - unrealisable
and pathetic (the fleshly reality of the body can't do anything about it)?
When I am making love to my wife I am
both male and female.
The most private and delicate moments are
the most intense. The most fragile moments are the most powerful.
We are a contradictory species.
Is Sylvia (All Souls) the reincarnation
of a realist or a nominalist philosopher ?
She is a tattooist who talks too much.
Plenty of heavenly and animal references.
Has the human being got any place (any name) between angelology and zoology
I am not a dog.
What is the Celtic part in Daniel Keene's
Samuel Beckett, only Sam!
According to which principle can an act
be judged as moral or immoral?
The same principle that determines whether
or not the questions you are asking me are serious questions about my work
or simply a game to amuse people who have nothing better to do.
Is Redemption : 1) possible
? 2) if yes, is it necessary ?
I hope it is both things. Which
means that redemption is a terrifying concept.
"Every angel is terrible" (Rilke).
Also: "No one sings as purely as those
who are in the deepest depths of Hell: what we think is the song of angels
is their song" (Kafka in a letter to Milena).
How does the Word become Flesh?
Snake or fish?
Neither. What snake? What
fish? When is a fiction real? When is the real a fiction?
Wine or wodka?
I prefer beer.