Waiting for Godot – 1st Day of the Lenaia 2022

‘Think!’ This is the last word of the five commands that Pozzo gives to his slave Lucky, before the latter starts his long and absurd monologue. This happens around the last third of the first act in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Five commands are half way through the ‘Ten Commandments’, but for each of … Continue reading Waiting for Godot – 1st Day of the Lenaia 2022

Les mots sont sordides

Les mots sont sordideset les concepts videset les concepts creuxComme un nuagetu dansessur ce que tu crois diresur ce que tu crois faireet que tu penses écrireComme un nuagetu pensespouvoir dominer l’idéevouloir exprimer la vieet que tu crois menercomme un homme sageLes hommesaujourd’hui sont des chiensaujourd’hui sont sans corpsseulement leurs bouches vomissentComme un carnagetu crainsle … Continue reading Les mots sont sordides

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

「For the kingdom of the skies is like a human [1] landowner [2] who went out as the morning [3] to hire workers for his vineyard. Having agreed with them one denarius per day, he sent them to his vineyard. And having gone out around the third hour, he saw other ones standing idle on … Continue reading Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard


Stern fate of all men’s life like grapes after harvesttheir flesh brutally squashed under the satyr’s feettheir face cruelly flattened on the woods’ muddy groundtheir blood gently kissing the dainty bacchant’s toes Unrest of humankind trusters of uniquenessas if they were the only ones giving their fleshas if oblivion were to pass over their caseas … Continue reading Winepress

Past Participle Agreement in French: Aristocracy of Complexity

Almost every year, we hear or read the same question among French speakers: should we keep that complex grammar rule about past participle agreement when used with a passé composé [1]? This rule is not an original Old nor Middle French inspiration. It was implemented into French around the end of the Renaissance. Before the … Continue reading Past Participle Agreement in French: Aristocracy of Complexity

Mega Shiva Ratri

Jeʈa ʈewi gelejjeloprewaho pawitestholêgelêwelembyo lembitambhujengo tungo malikamɖemeɖɖemeɖɖemeɖɖeme--trinado weɖɖemerweyemchekaro chenɖetanɖewontenôtu noh Shiwoh Shiwom From out the forest of my hairsome water’s pouring on my neckwhere rosary snake pierces meand I make drummers hit the drums‘ɖemeɖɖemeɖɖemeɖɖeme’then by myself I kick the groundthe rhythm through everyone issatisfied by Shiva Shiva Under the heel of my buskinshere you lie … Continue reading Mega Shiva Ratri

The Death Of Tintagiles – 3rd Day of Lenaia 2020

My third meditation for Lenaia is a scene from the play The Death of Tintagiles by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. Maeterlinck is one of my favourite authors and has been an important representative of symbolist theatre. When Tintagiles comes back to the castle, his sweet sister Ygraine already knows that something wrong is going to … Continue reading The Death Of Tintagiles – 3rd Day of Lenaia 2020

The Peony Pavilion – 2nd Day of Lenaia 2020

The text I selected for the second day of Lenaia is taken from an adaptation of The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu for the Hong Kong scene of Cantonese opera. The strength of the story lies in an encounter which is actually not a real encounter. Lai Neung is dreaming for the first time of … Continue reading The Peony Pavilion – 2nd Day of Lenaia 2020

Life Is A Dream – 1st Day of Lenaia 2020

Meditation for the first day of Λήναια, is the last scene from Life is A Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. After having tasted both the sweetness of a prince’s life and the harshness of a prisoner’s life, Sigismund finally gets to the point where good or bad conditions have no more power on … Continue reading Life Is A Dream – 1st Day of Lenaia 2020

Against the Galileans – Fragment 24

I am coming back to this [1], and how the god has mixed the languages [2] up. Moses gives for reason that [the god] was afraid [men] could do something against him, having finished [the construction of] an access for them to the sky, all of them having the same language and the same thinking … Continue reading Against the Galileans – Fragment 24