Thursday, July 16, 2009


I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.
Marc Chagall (1887-1985)printmaker, painter and designer

We must live for the few who know and appreciate us, who judge and absolve us, and for whom we have the same affection and indulgence. The rest I look upon as a mere crowd, lively or sad, loyal or corrupt, from whom there is nothing to be expected but fleeting emotions, either pleasant or unpleasant, which leave no trace behind them.
Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) actor

Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.
Eugene Ionesco (1909-1994) playwright and dramatist

A magician makes the visible invisible. A mime makes the invisible visible.
Marcel Marceau (1923 -2007) mime artist, creator of Bip, the white-faced clown

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)literary critic, playwright and essayist

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) dramatist, playwright and poet

Everything that has been will be, everything that will be is, everything that will be has been.
Eugene Ionesco (1909-1994) playwright and dramatist

notes on photos:
  1. marc chagall ceiling mural in the paris opera - painted in 1964. photo october 2005.
  2. there are many statues and busts in honor of sarah bernhardt who was acclaimed as "the most famous actress in the history of the world" scattered around paris. this statue was in a small park near where my sister lived unfortunately I didn't write down either the street or the artist -I think this monument was near her home in the 17th arrondissement
    Known as 'The Divine Sarah' she was the most acclaimed actress of her time, and not only in Paris, where she was born and pursuit her career, but also on the stages of European and American theatres. In 1859, Sarah received theatrical training from the Conservatoire de Musique et Déclamation, three years later she was already performing as a student of the prestigious Parisian Comédie-Française. Throughout the 1870s, she was recognised as a dramatic actress, performing Racine, Moliere, Shakespeare and others. In 1894, the first lithographed poster advertising her play at the Theatre de la Renaissance was produced by Alphonse Mucha, which resulted in a six-year contract for the artist and a series of Art Nouveau masterpieces depicting the actress. Bernhardt was also a pioneer in silent films, making her debut as Hamlet in 1900. She continued to act even after the amputation of a leg in 1915 and even went on a tour in the United States that same year. Sara Bernhardt is buried in the Parisian Le Père Lachaise Cemetery.
  3. p and l performing to a very select audience on the stage of the cain park ampitheater, 11 july 2009
  4. to mimes the entire world is a stage. paris september 2004
  5. eileen ivers and the immigrant soul performing on one of the many musical stages of the cleveland irish festival. they will be back for the 2009 cleveland irish festival and you can count on me being there, but the question is will you be there too?
  6. gates outside of shakespeare's globe theater, london 2004
  7. eugene ionesco's grave in in the cimetière de montparnasse.
in the book of mouse, one of the most iconic stage songs is this one by none other than the amazing joel grey (1972)


mum said...

great, all of it, kim. But the shot of the two children on the stage? their placement, the backdrop, I love everything about it.

My best to Lakewood.

K. said...

Love the Cabaret excerpt. Makes me want to see it again.

The picture from the Globe is excellent, and the quote wonderfully appropriate to it. I saw Patrick Stewart as Mackers a couple of years ago. For a brilliant delivery of this line, see the Orson Welles film of the Scottish play!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...


Betty said...

Wow! That Chagall ceiling. Just, wow!

Kat Mortensen said...

I love the Sarah Bernhardt quote because it fits our blog-world, doesn't it?
Gorgeous photos, Kimy. Especially the first one.


Baino said...

Oh you do it each week you ratbag! Excellent except for the Paris bit because I've never been and it's on the very top of my to-do list. I love the theatre, I miss it enormously . .I remember taking the kids to Cabaret about 5 years ago and it was wonderful . .even Adam liked it and you know men and musicals.

Roy said...

Great collection of photos once again. Where haven't you been? BTW, is Ionesco's grave in Pere-Lachaise?

minerva mouse said...

roy - regarding ionesco's gravesite, I think you are right, but last night while putting up the post I wanted to confirm the cemetery and found this:

now I have to go back to my photo vault and unearth the truth. I have a recollection of being in the pere lachaise cemetery when I took this photo, but I also visited montparnasse and the montmarte cemetery....and at midnight they all started blurring.

I love a good wander through a cememtery!

oh and there are millions of places I haven't been!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh minerva is me....I was signed in to post a pic on the lakewood daily snap.

whoops, all these roles to play, as with cemeteries, sometimes it is hard to keep them straight!

Tess Kincaid said...

When my daughter visited Paris a few years back, the thing that impressed her the most was the ceiling by Chagall in the Paris Opera House. Fabulous photo.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

okay.... I have emerged from the vault!

ionesco is buried in montparnasse - however, there is someone named "enesco" buried in pere lachaise - and I did take a photo of that grave! by the way, I did take a snap of george enesco's grave - yet another famous and talented romanian buried in a parisian cemetery!

if we ever do a theme on graves of famous folks - I will be in really good shape!

k - love patrick stewart - how lucky you are to have seen him on stage!

baino - oh I hope you get to paris. it is an incredible city. I could go back every year, but alas no funds to make that happen and no longer any family there to put me up for free room and board! two of my three trips to paris were taken in exchange for work; the other I was able to take by cashing in frequent flyer miles. I love the barter economies!

mum - I had so much fun last weekend taking photos of the kids on the stage...and we were able to play for 10 minutes on the stage before security came to tell the kids to get off. I explained the kids were up there 'for art' and the security men were very lovely and understanding...

Anonymous said...

kimy, I want that ceiling...and chandelier...and gate( amazing bit of metal-work, that ), ACH! the opening snap justs hits you...POW! Superb quotes and...oh heck, you know!

ArtSparker said...

So many kinds of stages...the gate is amazing, makes me want to make some effort to make paper sculptures.

Wings1295 said...

Always so great, I love them. But the mime/clown dude? Awesome.

Candie said...

Beautiful,really beautiful!

Betsy Brock said...

I always look forward to your take of theme thursday! I'm never disappointed! :)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous images, wonderful quotes - and I am set on being a child forever - now go on, astonish me! :-) xx

The Blue Elephant said...

I take it that you have been in Paris recently. The one chance I will ever have to go to Europe, the first thing I did before arranging anything else was to buy a ticket for an opera in the old opera building -- gold trim and red velvet seats -- like sitting inside a giant rose -- and that Chagall ceiling overhead. A wonderful range of photos, thanks for sharing.

Gabby said...

Great photos and quotes as usual! Have a great day!

Brian Miller said...

we find our stages every where. i bet those kids are having fun and it seems so immense to them. while i imagine to the mime, his seems immense as well. great as always!

The Silver Fox said...

Third photo was my favorite...

New Yorker wannabes said...

Oh the globe...I've been there too but it was 2005 I think! They were still reconstructing the place :)

Thank you again for a another wonderful TT post!

Megan said...

I knew you'd have some great shots for this one. I just knew it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

The statue of sarah resides (I believe) in place general caltroux off of Blvd. Malsherbes in the 17th - where she made her home as well. Annie

lettuce said...

I love the Chagall ceiling, how spectacular

and the kids on the stage - empty stages are so evocative