Music theater is a type of total theater in which all forms of imaginative and musical arts come together. It is the aim of playwright-composer Nicolaas Marius to make experiencable in theater the initiations in sound, colour and form he has gone through for the players, musicians, as well as the audience. Like this theater becomes again an initiation art, as it has been in Greek antiquity amongst others.
About the playwright
Nicolaas Marius followed the prequel to the mime education in Amsterdam, different theater courses, long eurythmy courses and theater-intiation workshops with the Polish theatergroup Proçovnia from Olsztyn. He co-initiated and played in France in the traveling music theater group ‘Fouvray’, and made mime street performances in Italy. As a musician he is autodidact, and he started as a street musician in France, playing his own songs. Later on he made performances in the Netherlands. The initiation in the Harmony of the Spheres at the age of 30 was the basis for him to develop the music on. It is important for him that he can build up a conscious and warm contact with his audience, in which understanding and warmth can flow through the music. With many of his songs and compositions he invites the audience to attune to these and sing along in the mood of them in sonic pictures in an improvised way. Thus arises a field of warmth and clarity that can arrange and clean the atmosphere. The basis of his compositions form the sounds and rhythms of the planets and stars or star constellations, elaborated in his methods of astrosophy and more specific those of astrophony. Thus therein be cooperated with Earth and cosmos at the site through music. Afterwards there remains a certain mood in the atmosphere that lingers and can be felt deeply.
About the method
After his sound initiation, Nicolaas Marius has developed the astrophony and sonic phenomonology / goethean science out of the four fold image of man, which meansthe application of the insight of the four human bodies: his spirit, soul, life and physical body. These have each a reflection within music: as musical motives, tonality, in rhythmical differentiations an in measure types. The basis form the movements of stars and planets along the Zodiac and their effects within man.
One can well live into these workings in an artistic way. Acting in these offers possibilities for the development of a type of Objective Art.
Nicolaas has developed this methode as a continuation of the work of Goethe, Steiner and Collot ‘d Herbois. Besides music he writes pieces of music theater, theoretical books about the backgrounds of this method, and he gives schooling courses and educations in singing and clay modeling in which the life world in and around man can be investigated, in that the participant can learn to develop the inner organs of observation to it. This within the Jasper School. Besides this he develops and produces musical instruments that make you experience the workings of the stars and planets.
Music theatergroup LaukaR Unja has been performing the play ‘Once – An Ode to the Hour Spirits of the Day, to the Colours in the Atmosphere, to the Spirits of Nature’.
This group has arisen from the wish to develop music theater in which the inner physiology of man and the workings in nature can be interconnected, so that both can be investigated through art. The starting point is a type of star wisdom, Astrosophy, that offers possibilities for inner research by means of sound and rhythm: it then becomes Astrophony.
The group initially consisted of 8 members, that make music and singing, act and dance.
Marion Groenendal; singing, acting
Nicolaas de Jong; singing, guitar, lyre, keyboard
Cisca van der Straaten; dance, querflute
Johanna Mariana: dance, singing
About the project ‘Once’
’Once’ has arisen from a poem about the dialogue between the morning and the evening, that might meet in an eternal day. This has been elaborated:
At first they lead one another through the subsequent (double) hours of the day and the night and try to find each other.
The second part starts with a struggle in the soul between them that runs all through the colours of the rainbow, with which they attract and repulse one another.
The third part leads through the elementary realms of the earth in which they try to refine each other, and the elemental beings, the spirits of nature that are active in these.
Thus arises a call for the audience to all through the observations with the senses reconnect and unite again the light and the dark side of their soul, just like the morning and the evening.
Background of the compositions form the astrophonic elaborations that approach the cosmic workings of the stars and planets out of their connection within man. Also the (double) hours of the day cohere with specific cosmic-human musical workings. This aims to approach an objectivity as large as possible; the method of Objective Art.
The moods of the hours of the day are being sung in an improvised way by the group members as they invite the audience to join in.
“Once” said the evening to the morning
“I will come with you together,
I will join in with you
when the days all passed by
and the light of our eyes at the heavens
may reunite again
into an innerly light-shining gloom
as vroom an eternal day.”