THIERRY BOCCON-GIBOD La Nuit Obscure (The Dark Night) 1968 - x +

CN: BoGi1968nuit

MT: silver print on paper (23x17 / F:43x38x1)

TX: printed at rear center in French <THIERRY / BOCCON-GIBOD // 128, Bd, de Courcelles / PARIS-17° 924-68-62>, inscribed with felt pen below <A la recherche de: / (Bhakti) / Maurice Béjart)>

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos in loving memory of Maurice Béjart - 2007

CM: In 1968 Maurice Béjart (1927-2007), who had since retired as a dancer, was still performing principal parts in some of his productions. This is a still of La Nuit Obscure (The Dark Night) that was part of "In Search of ..." at Avignon Festival, on 26 July 1968. The costumes were designed by Germinal Casado (b. 1934). The dance was choreographed by Béjart based on text from the writings of Saint John of the Cross. The cast included Béjart, replacing Casado who was unwell, María Casarès (1922-1996), and Antonio Cano (b. 1931). The essence of this choreographic poem, inspired by Saint John of the Cross' The Dark Night of the Soul and The Spiritual Canticle, is found in this verse taken from the first of these poems: "Oh, night that guided / O night more lovely than the dawn, / O night that has united / The love with his beloved, / The beloved transformed in the Beloved!" The three main themes of the work of Saint John are included: "Carnal love, perfect symbol of the divine union. / At night, apparent denial of all light, but with the true light which can be found. / The identity of the lover and the object of his devotion, and joined by Western thought the essence of Eastern mysticism so often summarized by the word Hindu - Tat tvam asi (You are that)." Like many of Bejart's works, La Nuit Obscure is conceived as a highly theatrical fusion of speech, gesture, and movement.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2007]