TITLE: The 15th Century Walled Garden – Apokatastasis
CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): #19 (1993)
INSTRUMENTATION: for solo percussion, mosh pit, geodesic dome, car hoods, rocks, metal and other objects
DURATION (APPROX): 60:00
NOTE: The 15th Century Walled Garden – Apokatastasis is an uninhibited theatrical environment for one performer. This work involves movements influenced by the Doople and Dodo cultures, the rites of the early Masonic temple, an exploration of archetypical madness and Marlowe’s Faustus.
An hour in length, the geodesic dome forms a central architectural presence, to which are attached well over one hundred instruments both inside and outside. The mosh pit comes and goes throughout the duration, as well as a hand-carried spot casting light on the pit, solo performer and the audience.
During the course of the piece, the soloist performs in and out of the dome, with sticks, and performs rituals. Rocks are thrown, car hoods are confronted and attacked. The work is intended to express an uncompromised physicality of the percussionist. This is total theater for one!
“According to Edward Moore, apokatastasis was first properly conceptualized in early Stoic thought, particularly by Chrysippus whose thinking was influenced by the theory of recurrence and cosmic cycles in Babylonian astronomical thought. The return (apokatastasis) of the planets and stars to their proper celestial signs, namely their original positions, would spark a conflagration of the universe (ekpyrosis). The original position was believed to consist of an alignment of celestial bodies with Cancer. Thereafter, from fire, rebirth would commence, and this cycle of alternate destruction and recreation was correlated with a divine Logos. Antapocatastasis is a counter-recurrence when the stars and planets align with Capricorn, which would mark destruction by a universal flood.
The Stoics identified Zeus with an alternately expanding and contracting fire constituting the universe. Its expansion was described as Zeus turning his thoughts outwards, resulting in the creation of the material cosmos, and its contraction, the apocatastasis, as Zeus returning to self-contemplation. Leibniz explored both Stoic and his understanding of Origen’s philosophy in two essays written shortly before his death, Apokatastasis and Apokatastasis panton (1715).”