OPEN PODIUM FOR CONVERSATIONISTS, ACTORS, POETS, FOLK MUSICIANS AND STORY-TELLERS
Madhouse@Badhuis brings you a night of theatre, conversation, poetry and music, where you are invited to participate, converse and create as we try to come to a deep understanding and reimagining of St. Patrick’s Day’s meaning, history and application which will be done through the collective practice of thinking, acting and music. This is done from a plurality of senses, identities, perspectives, knowledges and beliefs.
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and Nigeria, is the character upon which the world’s most globalised national holiday is based. In Ireland the celebration of Christianity’s arrival takes place on the day of his death, the 17th of March. It is often assumed that the arrival of St. Patrick on the island of Ireland is inextricably linked to the variant of Christianity practiced in Europe during the Middle Ages and associated with the dominance of the centrally controlled Roman Christian Church and a hierarchical positioning of Nature, Human and God. The adoption of the flag of St. Patrick into the Union flag in 1801 adds credence to the idea that the ‘modern’ understanding of Christianisation is rooted in a will to ‘tame the ascetic’ and bypass how other forms of Christianity wrestled with Christendom, the dominance of centrally organised religion and the contruction of a dualism between man and nature. Thus, overlooked in St. Patrick’s day celebrations is the ascetic’s profoundly incommensurable relationship with nature, its individual connection to spirituality and the heterogeneity of deities practiced on the island of Ireland which intermixed with the version said to be brought by St Patrick. As Ireland had never been ruled by the Roman empire the blend of Christianity that unfolded in Ireland from 5th century took on many of the logics and affinities embedded in Celtic spiritual practices. Does the instrumentalisation of St. Patrick’s day in its current global manifestation represent the exclusion of other ways of being? Has it always done so? And if so, should it be a day of the mourning of the loss of the plurality of knolwedges by the nation state’s adoption of the day as its national holiday? Can it be imagined as a day of reincorporation of the lost knowledge of the ascetic and the occult?
To complicate this, Badhuistheater, one of Amsterdam’s last upholders of the avant-garde, opens its doors to a St. Patrick’s evening offering a distinct alternative to the commercialised Paddy’s Day propounded by capitalist market logics and proliferated using simplified characterisations to sell merchandise and reproduce dominant orders of knowledge and being. This kind of ‘Paddy’s Day’ is easily accessed and serves as a mechanism of forgetting the complex and heterogeneous modes of spirituality and being. Madhouse@Badhuis brings you a night of theatre, conversation, poetry and music, where you are invited to participate, converse and create as we try to come to a deep understanding and reimagining of St. Patrick’s Day’s meaning, history and application which will be done through the collective practice of thinking, acting and music.
Anyone is welcome to attend! You will also get a chance to be in the wonderful Badhuistheater in all of its surrealist and insane charm!
If you would like to read a small piece of poetry or theatre (which does not have to be Irish), instigate a conversation (does not have to be ‘academic’) or play some music, comment on the event page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggestions for other aspects of the night can also be commented on here on the event page or emailed to email@example.com
The night will include campfire readings from:
Tom Murphy and Brian Friel ‘Philadlphia, here I come’
Brian Friel ‘Translations’
J.M Synge ‘The shadow of the Glen’
Flann O’Brien’s ‘The Third Policeman’
Folk session music from the attendees. Bring a musical instrument!
On sale will also be:
Irish Beef Porter Stew
Hearty Irish Lager Stew (Vegetarian)
House Beers, Porters and Wines
A donation of 5€ is suggested in order to meet the costs of the night