this really has nothing to do with music, but it has to do with arts. so good enough for me.
dont read it if it bores you.
this theater piece ... i consider to be a work of art.
the composer name is marin sorescu, and the piece is named " iona". he wrote it in 1965, it was published 3 years later, and after its premiere it was given the prize from the "union of writers".
the piece consists of 4 acts, and as you very well know , it has something to do with the biblical iona. in the bible, he was a fisherman who was sent by god to deliver his message to the city of ninive. iona refused to do so , and he tried to run away to a different country, on a ship. there was a storm, and all the sailors were afraid, they started to pray to their god for help. in the end, he admitted that he was the reason why the storm came to them, so he asked his fellow sailors to throw him from board. they threw him, and in the water, a wale swallowed him, and kept him in his stomach for 3 days, until the wale landed on the shores of ninive. when iona realized where he is, he delivered the word of god, and the city, which was really sinful was saved.
the modern iona in this case, is also a fisherman. he seems a bit idiotic in the beginning of the work. he is talking to himself a lot, and he switches the tray of thoughts very easily, making it a bit hard to follow. he starts from concrete ideas, and ends up in making abstract sentences.
he knows he's a very unlucky fisherman, so he brings along a bowl with small fishes.
he speaks a lot about catching "the big fish", but the funny part is, he's standing on his mouth. ( suggesting maybe that his dream is close to fulfilling, yet he is unaware of it, or that there's peril close )
besides the fact he brings the bowl with fishes, he also talks to himself, as if he's a different person. and he tells himself " iona is unlucky; iona isnt here ( telling that to the fishes, hoping that maybe the fishes just dont like iona alone, but they might like anyone else)" etc.
the first act ends as iona decides that that was another unlucky day , and he starts fishing from the bowl, hopping he'd get luckier there.
the second act starts as iona finds himself in a different situation... the fish swallows him. he is inside the tummy of the fish. the first thought is " when did it get dark all of a sudden? i didnt know its so late. i should go home". then he realizes, as he starts to run out of air that he's inside a fish.
his speech starts being more and more ironic. the weird part is, from his speech you start to realize that iona understands more and more about the notion " time-space". he really tries hard to keep his mental awareness tho he keeps saying that he feels bad, and he's out of air.
another ironic thing is, he makes fun of the wishes that are being swallowed by the wale.and a note - he constantly has with him a knife. symbol of freedom/decision?
the third act is the longest one. iona manages to cut the belly of the first fish, to realize that the first wale was swallowed by another one. and that he's in the second fish now. ( a limited universe is limited by another universe? ) he starts noticing how the human life is constantly limited by something, and how, the more you manage to get out of certain restrictions, you find more and more restrictions.
in the scene , there appears a windmill.reminding of don quixote probably, who was fighting with his own illusions.
iona is still very talkative, running from idea to idea. his thoughts become more and more wise, and thoughtful ; he talks about twin souls, that they never feel alone, or about the fact that children talk to each other , while they are still in their mother's womb. ( communication issue is present a lot, if you notice.)
he also talks about how god cannot revive ( talking about the easter thingy. that jesus was dead for 3 days , and in the 3rd day he revived / thats the myth around which christianity is stated over). he says that god is like a magician that has tried every trick, and ended up not being able to revive himself again. then he states " i cant revive. not yet. i tried, but i cant revive"( he identifies himself with god here)
in the scene appear 2 more characters. 2 fishermen, that carry a large plank on their backs. they are totally mute. they come in the scene , and sit in a corner. ( carrying their planks, doesnt this remind you of the expression " we all carry our own crosses"? and the fact they are mute remind again of the communication issue. bottom line is, people arent communicating right.)
the fact the fishermen come into the scene wake his imagination.he starts picturing how it would be to reach the village of the fishermen and tell their wives that he saw them, and that they are fine, and they will come home themselves soon enough and such.
this picture in his head gives him strength and starts feeling like he is the "toenail of god" , so he starts to scratch the tummy of the fish with his own nails.
he manages to come out of the second fish to find out he's in a third fish. his wish to communicate is so strong, that he cuts out a piece of his skin from his palm, and writes on it with his own blood, a letter to his mother.when the fish moves a lot ( being swallowed by another fish) the "letter" falls from his hand.in the letter he ask his mother pretty please that she gives birth to him again, so that he could start all over. he starts to wonder if the fish is not his mother,him being in her womb, and he starts to wonder if he wont be born soon enough. he wonders if children are aware of themselves while in their mum's womb.
his speech is even more abstract. he starts talking about some bugs that , if they fall on their back, they die,even if on the other side they have many legs , and wonders why god made them like that, and suggest there should be a revolution of bugs, so that they would get legs on both sides.http://www.hlasek.com/foto/carabus_violaceus_2774.jpg
then he starts to wonder a vital question " why do we in this life do so many things which are useless to us , after we die???"
- iona makes a move, and accidentally steps on the letter which he dropped. that makes a loud noise ( he is after all in the stomach of a fish you know) and he starts seeing a lot of eyes in there. all watching him, all going closer to him ( is it the idea that " the sleep of ration gives birth to monsters?)
in the 4th act, he managed to get out of the last fish. in the outside world he realizes , its nothing as it was before. he's thinks he's happy to be out... he breaths in the air, and feels its purity.but he starts dreaming now of fishing the sun itself, not the big fish anymore.but he's shocked. he doesnt see the sea anymore. he presumes that there was a storm of fire around here and took the sea with it. or that it evaporated.
on the land, he sees the two fishermen again carrying their planks. he is amazed he sees them there again noticing " the world is so small"
iona starts realizing he isnt really happy now. so he starts to remember things from his own life, but not the things itself, just their definitions. " that round thing with legs, around which we used to run when we were little", or " that nice lady that was always around and caring about me". he wonders who he is... when all of a sudden he realizes " i am iona" he doesnt deny himself anymore. but looking at the horizon line, all he sees is fishes-bellies. all around him and everywhere.
so in the end he decides to take the knife and shove it in his own belly, for freedom. not freedom in the outside world , but in the inside world.freedom of the spirit. he decides the spirit is more important then the physique.
i hope you wont find this text depressing, thats not the idea.
but then again, you can think for yourself, so find the idea behind the text yourself ( even if i stated it so many times). but find your own idea, not mine.
***this summer, after i finish the exams, i promise to translate " iona" in english.