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Civilization (and its discontents)
11 movements for theatre
Blank Productions

Text by Mark C. Hewitt
Music by Thomas Strønen

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Poster art by Andrzej Klimowski, © 2017


1: Prologue

2: ‘Against the dreaded external world one can only defend oneself by some kind of turning away from it’
3: ‘The irresistibility of perverse instincts and perhaps the attraction in general of forbidden things’
4: ‘One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy has no part in the plan of Creation’
5: ‘It is worth noting that the genitals themselves, the sight of which is always exciting, are nevertheless hardly ever judged to be beautiful’
6: ‘We soon observe that the useless thing we expect civilization to value is beauty’
7: ‘An unrestricted satisfaction of every need presents itself as the most enticing method of conducting one's life, but it means putting enjoyment before caution, and soon brings its own punishment’
8: ‘It is in sadism where the death instinct twists the erotic aim in its own sense and yet at the same time fully satisfies the erotic urge that we succeed in obtaining the clearest insight into its nature’
9: Songs of the Chambermaids (‘The boundaries of the ego are not constant’ / ‘The non-satisfaction of powerful instincts’ / ‘Men are not gentle creatures’)
10: ‘And now I think the meaning of the evolution of civilization is no longer obscure to us (it must present the struggle between Eros and death, between the instinct of life and the instinct of destruction, as it works itself out in the human species)’
11: Epilogue

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