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Onomatopee 46 / Cabinet project
Een / A Rosa Poëtica
A one-act play in eight scenes

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

Curator and production: Ellen Zoete i.c.w. Rosa’s
Managing directors: Freek Lomme and Ellen Zoete
Realization animation of text A Rosa Poëtica for exhibition: Nick Meehan


Een / A Rosa Poëtica
Onomatopee 46

Ad van Rosmalen, Thomas Bakker, Simon Kentgens, Arjan Janssen, Iris Bouwmeester

Price: € 9,00    

ISBN : 978-90-78454-80-9

150 x 225 mm / 5,9 x 8,9 inch
144 pages

Edition : 750

Black / white on colored paper

Text: Ad van Rosmalen
Introductions by: Camiel van Winkel, Rosa Foundation (artists Arjan JanssenSimon KentgensIris Bouwmeester and Thomas Bakker)
Editors: Ad van Rosmalen, Freek Lomme
Final Editing: Ad van Rosmalen and Freek Lomme
Translations: Jimini Hignett

Managing director: Freek Lomme and Ellen Zoete
Graphic design: Remco van Bladel and Barbara Hennequin
Printing: Lecturis
Made possible thanks to: BKKC/Province of Noord Brabant and AKV / St. Joost Avans Hogeschool 

© Onomatopee 2011