Tristan and Isolde
is a story about a hopeless pursuit of the unattainable , where death only
can bring appeasement. But in spite of this little comforting end
its protagonists are still alive in universal conscience as one of the
most famous pair of lovers, the embodiment of purity and depth of
Apart from the undoubted beauty of the
story itself, we were attracted by its wealth of motives susceptible of
"therapeutic exploitation" for it touches many of the murk experiences
lived by our actors/patients in their illness : anxiety, feeling of guilt,
loneliness, rejection, emptiness, hopelessness , chaos... It speaks about
painful moral dilemmas, about tragic laceration.
It tells us of a spiritual inferno , of wandering through darkness
where there is no light but love.
Tristan is beautiful , pure, noble
and rightful: he is a hero - the saviour of his people;
Isolde is beautiful, pure, wise and
bountiful - they are destined to each other.
By will of fortune, Isolde
has to marry another man -Tristans "father".
But love can not be silenced. Love
should not be rejected when it comes.
And Tristan and Isolde obey its call.
Henceforth love will be they "torment and ecstasy", a true school
of life, a way to maturity, wisdom, and plenitude of humanity.
They undergo treason, envy, aggression, cruelty; they suffer
pain - physical and spiritual.; they live overwhelmed with duties
they are unable to be a match for; they struggle in a web made
of loyalties and desires ; they sin, have suicide thoughts , they succumb
weaknesses, fall down, but love gives them strength to rise to life.
What was born as a physical passion converts itself into
a deep , indissoluble , spiritual tie, that will enable them
to endure, that will never end.
This is the story we tell in our performance : a story
about struggling against own infirmity and fear , about an
obstinate seeking after life, light , after health.
Our Tristan and Isolde do not die - they pass into legend,
they become part of the eternal myth , symbol of hope, love, self-devotion,
faithfulness and constance , of fighting for the right
to felicity. At the end there is no physical death, there is a great
spiritual triumph of Tristan and Isolde.
Another advantage of the material is its magnitude ,
giving the possibility of working in depth, both in terms
of acting and therapy, not only with two or three persons playing
the leading roles, but with a number of people, as love , in our
story , has many faces - along with Tristan and Isolde, another characters
play its own variations on the theme: here is the love linking the
King and his adoptive son - Tristan; here is the Kings love towards
Isolde, that , having crossed the hell of jealousy , anger and hate
reaches eventually a state, in which it is capable of "withstanding everything,
and forgiving everything". Last but not least here is the wonderful figure
of the devoted Brangien, servant to Isolde, ready to any sacrifice for
the love of her mistress.
For more then one hour and a half, the whole team is either acting
on stage, either busy in technical tasks that enable, "in the background",
a strong training of social competences : cooperation, common responsibility
and mutual help and of individual performance: psycho-physical endurance
( resistance to stress, concentration, elasticity etc. )