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She can't describe better than Albert Camus why she went into the theatre.
“The everyday man does not enjoy tarrying. Everything, on the contrary, hurries him onward. But at the same time nothing interests him more than himself, especially his potentialities. Whence his interest in the theatre, in the show, where so many fates are offered him, where he can accept the poetry without feeling the sorrow. There, at least, can be recognized the thoughtless man, and he continues to hasten towards some hope or other. The absurd men begins where that one leaves off, where, ceasing to admire the play, the mind wants to enter in. Entering into all these lives, experiencing them in their diversity, amount to acting them out. I am not saying that actors in general obey that impulse, that they are absurd men, but that their fate is an absurd fate which might charm and attract a lucid heart.” From “The Myth of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus
For her theatre is a way to understand life, to find kind eyes; love, not with the mind but with the soul. Theatre as a doorway to wonder, to curiosity.
The ability to live life to the fullest, theatre is the teacher she needs in order to be able to explore what it means to be unconditionally alive and in the moment. In the theatre she found the eyes with which she could see that even in sorrow man can find poetry. We will turn to theatre for connection. We will connect even though we have a different opinion, we’ll meet each other...somewhere, somehow, always. Theatre and the possibility to love the non-lovable, even in ourselves.
Josje is an international member of Mentalhaus currently residing in the Netherlands. Follow her on IG @Josijken or visit her website www.josje-eijkenboom.nl/