Ad van Rosmalen wrote this one-act play on the basis of the lives of the the four members of the Rosa artists collective. On this stage, where creative art crosses paths with that of the art of life, A Rosa Poëtica pleads the case for a radical sociability. Artistic power lies in the communication that ensues from the readiness to place your very essence on the agenda – enabling others to understand that essence when they listen.
Personal characteristics and alien ones show their potency – the potency of authentic doubt – at the point when the characters lose themselves in the dilemma between conservative, self-absorbed autonomy, and progressive, dynamic refinement.
‘Understanding’ in the double meaning of the word – in the sense of both compassion and of comprehension – determines the rapport of the actor, character and audience (or reader). The script unfolds as a plea for radical and shared integrity: subjective, multiform and, most importantly, loyalty to the personal point of departure.
Click here for a film of the exhibit, by Nick Meehan