Friedrich Nietzsche wanted ‘to be understood as an artist’, that is to say, not ‘exoterically’ but ‘esoterically’. According to him, the difference between these two perspectives is that the exoteric only shows us the supposed usefulness of things, while the esotericism shows them in their own splendor and nature: an exoteric gaze looks from below against things and an esoteric of above; there are levels of the soul, where even the tragedy ceases to work tragically.
Women who have embarked on the esoteric or mystical path have often been denounced in history for whores and witches. Sometimes they were later rehabilitated or even declared sacred, but usually only after their (violent) death. Think of mystical fighters like Joan of Arc and Anna Göldi.
Margreet Hofland has written an exciting book ‘Thousand lives’ (2006), in which, as she says herself, the esotericism goes quite far. Her story was inspired by the discovery that the mystica Beatrice Cenci killed her father, who regularly raped her, on 11 September 1598 and was beheaded a year later on the same day. Margreet interweaves this story with the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001 in New York. She will illustrate her story with classical images.
Surrounded by music with an esoteric character by Erik Satie, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Simeon ten Holt, performed by Debora van Straaten, mezzo-soprano, and Hans-Erik Dijkstra, piano.
This concert is the fifth in the series ‘Whores, saints and other women’, an initiative of Anne Woodward. Admission is free and donations are highly appreciated.