Paul In History & TheologyN. T. Wright2014年6月10-13日at the Uiversity of Fribourg, Switzerland
The Incident At Antioch (A Play Based On Alain Badiou)
Theater is event, is matter of state, is idea incarnated. With this premise that Alain Badiou wrote the play “The Incident at Antioch” in 1989. Therein he draws on motives from the life and writings of Paul the Apostle to come to terms with the political upheaval in Europe and shifts in his own world view.
Based on this play, students from the faculty of Freiburg (Switzerland) will organise an evening production, guided by the director Simon Helbling and the author Maja Tschumi. To bring Paul to the stage means to rediscover him in new ways. It is about encountering him at a place of relevance in the here and now, with body, voice, heart and mind engaged – not only in the conventional reading of his letters.
Badiou writes: “In the end, Paul himself teaches us that it is neither signs of power nor an exemplary course of life which matter. That which truly matters is the effect of a conviction – here, now and for ever.”
It is a play about the transformative power of a conviction, which can act politically - lapsing into neither riot nor conformity - to change the world. A trans-formative power that is Paul.