and David Muller
My very good friend David stopped by with a packed car en route to Grahamstown to render 'Whale Nation' ~ as one of the shows at the National Arts Festival 2018.
. "Let storyteller and raconteur David Muller take you on a journey into depths of the ocean through this mesmerising poem.
Whale Nation is hailed as a 45-minute masterpiece and Muller’s performances of it over the years have received much critical acclaim."
A very grissled David Muller back from his road trip of many appearances. David will perform Heathcote Williams' Sacred Elephant this weekend.
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F Creations, in association with The Merry Scholar @merryscholar , is proud to announce that it will be partnering up with SAFCEI (South African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute) for four fundraising performances. David Muller will be using the stunning setting of the slopes of Kalk Bay to bring to life two of Heathcote Williams’ poems: Whale Nation and Sacred Elephant.
The performances are happening on Saturday 17 and Sunday 25 February. Don't forget to book for Whale Nation too, happening on Sunday 18 and Saturday 24 February: http://qkt.io/Whale
A portion of the proceeds from these performances will go towards the various environmental projects that SAFCEI run in Southern Africa.
Muller’s dramatizations of these two epic poems have been described as “haunting” and “entrancing” by critics. The two poems were written by Williams as part of a series that he had hoped to use to bring the plight of the earth to the fore. Both deal with the devastation of the natural environment and the impact humans are having on creatures we are meant to care for. However, according to reviewer Karen Rutter, they are “no bunny-hugging piece of green … propaganda. The language is graceful and elegant, the mood evocative but not emotionally manipulative, the content realistic.” Come and enjoy an evening or two in the natural beauty of Kalk Bay as you are taken on a journey into the ocean with the majestic whales or onto the plains with the mighty elephants. Whale Nation is directed by Claire Watling and Sacred Elephant by Stacey Sacks.
Tickets are R100 for adults and R50 for scholars, and audiences are encouraged to bring along a picnic and blankets to sit on. Performances will start at 5pm.
For tennis racket strings;
For riding crops;
For tanning leather;
For artists’ pigments;
For wax crayons;
For engineering coolants;
For printing inks;
For calcium for Blanco, and military purification;
For calcium for fertiliser, to speed up the gestation of the earth;
For the jute industry;
For the wool industry;
For the shoe industry;
For the cotton industry;
For tempering steel…
Without the blood letting of the whale:
Prime source of light and lubrication,
The industrial revolution would have been scantily equipped.
A spectral colossus haunts the inflated myth of progress,
So keen to brush aside its hidden costs,
In the case of pure profit;
So forgetful in the bright name of novelty.
For skin cream;
For cattle fencing;
For mah-jong counters;
For endocrinal hormones for those stiffened by arthritis;
For liver-oil and vitamins to treat those who are flagging;
For insulin from the pancreas to treat those whose blood is to sweet;
For gelatine for the coating of photographic film;
With which we see ourselves as we see ourselves, incessantly;
For gelatine for the transparent capsules of pills;
For gelatine for jelly;
For gelatine for glue;
For stays, and gussets and busks, and bodices,
And statuesque corsetry, emphasising the breast and hips:
The aesthetic apparatus, the sensual sustenance …
Excerpt from Whale Nation by Heathcote Williams
Photo of Inuksuk taken by me the other day.
Reading this incredible poem, Whale Nation, while waiting for the whales and dolphins. This special book was given to me before I left to come here by friend and purveyor of the greatest bookshop on the planet. ( thanks @susanmaryfinn!) It's just really rather wondeful - informative, heartbreaking and inspirational in equal measures (I'm doing some #postcards4freedom too) 💙🐋#whalenation 💙🐋
Very saddened to hear that Heathcote Williams has passed away. A true polymath who made a name for himself many times over in many disparate fields. He played Prospero in Jarman's Tempest, ran one of the most famous squats in the word, wrote a song for Marianne Faithful that caused a walkout at the EMI pressing plant, spray-painted the walls of Buckingham Palace, wrote a play that Al Pacino became obsessed with, wrote a poem for which the publishing rights sold for a record amount, and was an accomplished painter and sculptor. I've missed out a million other achievements here, and I'll remember him first and foremost for the kindness and generosity he showed towards me. I'll cherish every letter he ever sent me written in his beautiful calligraphic handwriting, and remember every extraordinary meeting we had. He was unbelievably supportive of the Writing on the Wall project, which I highly doubt would have happened if it weren't for his input (particularly given that he painted a vast number of the pieces included in it). He leaves behind a body of work the sheer scale of which could only have come from the mind of a true genius. I feel blessed to have known him and to have called him a friend, and I'll really miss him.
As Heathcote himself wrote:
What are people doing fucking dying? Haven’t they got better things to do? No sooner than you’re on someone’s wavelength Then suddenly they’re whisked away from you.
RIP Heathcote Williams (1941-2017)
Photo taken by Susan Janssen, Notting Hill, 1974 (Don't Vote Vomit)
Y se formó la gozaderaaaaa🎉 Happy 18th chama 🇻🇪so blessed to have a best friend like you. Thank you for always busting missions with me and for me. You're so talented and I'm so proud of you💜 love you chuuuch!
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