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eleven and twelve

January 17, 2010

[Guardian] [I]t is to The Conference of the Birds, and an old sufi parable about butterflies and a candle, that Brook turns for the ­final image in Eleven and Twelve. All the ­butterflies wonder what the light on top of the candle is and what would ­happen if they entered it. The bravest throws himself into the flame and, as he ­disappears, the ­butterflies’ master says: “This one has finally ­understood. And he is the only one who knows. And that is all.” (read)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2010 9:39 am

    “The thing that I have a horror of is ­ideological theatre” – yes yes yes!

    but of course, the butterflies also know, sometimes.

  2. Hungover Guy permalink
    January 25, 2010 11:35 pm

    As much as I can understand right now, I think you’re right!

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