Beauty and the Beast – 8th Day of Urban Dionysia

The Διονύσια τὰ ἀστικά ‘Urban Dionysia’, are the last Dionysian celebrations of the Hellenic lunar calendar. They close the yearly events in boreal spring – austral fall – with other rituals, dances and performances. Each day of the Dionysia, I introduce, with only one sentence, a piece of performance art from anyone in the world, at any moment of history, accessible online, and that I want to share. This includes: theatre, opera, dance, body art and cinema.

The eighth and last sharing has to be a classic. It will be Jean Cocteau’s 【La Belle et la Bête】 ‘Beauty and the Beast’, starring Jean Marais – my father’s favourite actor – in its original 1946’s version. Everything has been said about Cocteau’s artwork but this one is special to me as it’s probably the first movie I ever watched completely in my life, while I was not even able to distinguish between the characters. But isn’t it what it is all about: the absence of distinction between heroes and villains, between light and darkness?

Here is the 【list of previous sharings】 for the Urban Dionysia.

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