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General Thoughts

dani, indonesia

There’s lots of photography and literature around on primitive tribes that seem relatively unchanged from time immemorial. An aspect of these peoples that seems pretty ubiquitous is complex ritual. Appearance seems always altered by tattoos, body modification, elaborate headdress, scarification, … Continue reading

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Summa Ars Celare Artem

Summa ars (est) celare artem. Motto of the old The Arts Club in Montreal, whose members have included all the greatest names in the older history of Canadian art, including Group of Seven, et al. It is commonly translated in … Continue reading

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This is it. This is absolutely it.

OK. This has sort of been done before. But not nearly to its full potential. I haven’t read Jean Auel’s books. But I imagine she did some of this. There’s some in Sarum: The Novel of England, by Edward Rutherfurd. … Continue reading

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more narator greatness

MOV03842 its real, its alive, its a platypus…what a phrase….so compelling

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our narrator should be British and exuberant like this guy….

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doc music

doc music

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on the other hand

About the cultural zoo. There’s another side to it. We like to say, for instance, that “under the skin” black people and white people are the same. But: are you kidding? Black people and white people have totally different life … Continue reading

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careful!

We’ve gotta watch it. Without fail, we civilized people completely misunderstand PNLU (people not like us). I bet we’re doing it here, too. If we actually wandered into a Neanderthal camp and got to know folks, we’d probably find they’re … Continue reading

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A Theory of Evolution

Much of the literary thinking about prehistory tells us that we have fundamental natures, that modernity has caused us to lose touch with those fundamental natures, but that if we could return to live in accordance with these fundamental natures, … Continue reading

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Obviously the first scene of the play

From Urvater.

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An image for the play…

came into my head last night.  Three performers, let’s say (not sure yet how many people will be on stage).  Bent forward, facing down, with crudely carved masks of cavemen on the top of their heads, so they have a … Continue reading

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precedence

In the New York, original, version of Hair, which I was privileged to see (dated one of the many understudies), the actors, in hair and loincloths, swang (swung?) onto the stage from balconies and climbed in over the backs of … Continue reading

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Contrast

We only perceive through contrast. We have suppressed danger, fear, violence, untreated injury, pain, death, even a sense of constant ignorance and wonder. So we wander lost in the formless absence of these vital life forces. Some modern activities — … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Architecture

Neandertaler’s post on camping made me think of this: A town, outside of Belfast, where you can see a collection of little caves.  One was apparently lived in until recently by a witch, and the other was what they call … Continue reading

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Basic

I did jungle survival training in the military once. Twelve weeks! A group of six. The prime realization from the experience? Peace. Long, tranquil days. Imagine an entire day doing nothing but putting your shirt in the water, waiting until … Continue reading

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A concept for the show

A puppet documentary.  That is, a documentary that can be wildly inaccurate.  The action would unfold on stage as if you’re watching TV late at night in some hotel in some forgotten city on some depressing business, wondering what life’s … Continue reading

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I think cave men are sexy.

I think you should make sure that the cave men in the show wear very little.  Not much more than a thong thingie,  or even less if you can get away with it.  And can they be hairy?  very very … Continue reading

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