“Today is a Wonderful Day to Die”

‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’

In this interview, Belgian theater practitioner and ritualist Barbara Raes discusses devising new rituals of mourning:

I make these rituals as co-creations with artists. I feel that many artists have a certain sensitivity for our profoundly human need for consolation and empathy, and are more adept at connecting to a more spiritual context. Art can free us from rational frameworks and connect us to the things that we feel but which we cannot adequately articulate. That is one of the things that I find so interesting about the RE:RITE programme at the Kaaitheater. The social institution of the ritual and that of the theatre used to be two separate things. It is an interesting exercise to combine these separate mental spheres with one another.

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