Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blavatsky News

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt, 1632

*  The programme for the Enchanted Modernites Conference in Amsterdam this September is now online. Twelve sessions grouped by country are announced, covering different aspects of Theosophy’s influence on the arts. Most sessions will have four papers delivered, and there will be two sessions running concurrently. For some reason academic oriented conferences like this brings to mind Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”, where the corpse [of Theosophy] is dissected before an audience of the learned and curious. It is fitting therefore that this Conference should be held in the Netherlands.

*  Vancouver’s online journal carries a discussion with Patricia Gruben about what drew her to the subject of her play about Mme. Blavatsky "The Secret Doctrine", which will be performed at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, July 2-5.

“I was doing research on a different character,” Gruben tells the Straight, “and Blavatsky just kept showing up in every book and article that I read. At first, I tried to push her out of my mind because she wasn’t really my subject, but she was just so fascinating and compelling and charismatic that she kind of took over.”

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