Saturday, 26 November 2011

Eugene Ionesco (born 26 November)

Eugene Ionesco: double Sagittarius (Sun and Ascendant in Sagittarius) and Moon in Taurus (9.2.9), born 26 November 1912 in Slatina, died  28 March 1994.

Romanian-born French dramatist Ionesco is the chief exponent of the Theatre of the Absurd, a movement aimed at exposing the pointlessness of ordinary reality with all the related human separation and estrangement. 

Despite the apparent seriousness, nihilism and pessimism of this approach, Ionesco’s works abound with humour and vitality. 

"All my plays” he says “have their origin in two fundamental states of consciousness: now the one, now the other is predominant, and sometimes they are combined. These basic states of consciousness are an awareness of evanescence and of solidity, of emptiness and too much presence, of the unreal transparency of the world and its opacity, of light and of thick darkness." 

La Cantatrice chauve (The Bald Soprano), his first play, consists mainly of meaningless conversations between two couples that eventually deteriorate into babbling. The work was inspired by the repetitive and nonsensical phrases of Ionesco’s textbook while attempting to learn English.


I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.

There is nothing truer than myth: history, in its attempt to "realize" myth, distorts it, stops halfway; when history claims to have "succeeded," this is nothing but humbug and mystification. Everything we dream is "realizable." Reality does not have to be: it is simply what it is.

‎"One can dare anything in the theatre and it is the place where one dares the least" 

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