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In the performance ”Bird of Paradise” the poems from Knots take us on a journey in the landscape of the soul, an emotional switchback.

"Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world." (R.D Laing)

“The Bird of Paradise” is a title of a short essay by R.D. Laing published in the volume “The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise” (1967).
Apus, or Bird of Paradise, is the name given to a region of the sky near the Southern Celestial Pole, populated by a few faint and distant stars. Apus is one of those small and inconsequential constellations adopted from sixteenth century voyagers in 1603 by Johann Bayer, designed to fill in the blanks in the Southern Hemisphere. According to some, the name of the constellation, also being called “Apus Indica” or Bird of India, comes from Greek “apus” which means “without feet”, alluding to a bird offered as a gift to the Europeans after it’s unsightly legs were removed. This led to the belief that the birds never landed but were kept permanently aloft by their plums, which gave the name “birds of paradise”.

Ronald David Laing’s (1927-1989) controversial ideas and implacable criticism of modern society aroused big interest and were the subject of a lively debate during the sixties. In his opinion, society enslaved the individual in order to make him fit into more and more abstract rules, which hinder the individual’s organic development as a human been.
The question of what is ”sound” or ”normal” as well as Laing’s analysis of repressive society is as relevant today as it has ever been. We live in a strange world where right and wrong has become interchangeable, a world where we exult over the walls pulled down, but wink at those invisible ones that grow up.
We live in a time where one is “playing the game of reality with no real cards in one’s hand ” as Laing put it in The Bird of Paradise.

In the performance ”Bird of Paradise” the poems from Knots take us on a journey in the landscape of the soul, an emotional switchback. The human soul, captive like a bird in a cage, flings between powerlessness and fury, between lack of understanding and sudden insights, struggling against perishment, searching for the lost paradise.


Production: Institutet för Scenkonst (Swe)
in collaboration with Outlaw Fields (Den)
Directing and dramaturgy: Magdalena Pietruska
Actress: Nina Hansen
Text collage: Magdalena Pietruska and Nina Hansen
Texts by: R.D. Laing, Björk and L.Cohen
Stage design: Magdalena Pietruska
Light design: Roger Rolin
Music by: L. Beethoven, Napoleon IVX, J. Plaetner
Length of the performance: 1 hour

For further details write to: administration@outlawfields.dk



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