Are pendulums divine

Pendulum movements

Now the first hour strikes us, as if the huge speed regulator of a world clock would ring in the new year with a long sweep. At the beginning of a year, a lot is often taken symbolically. Christian doctrine of salvation and pagan custom, fear of God and superstition combine to form an alliance, be it holy or profane. One can easily fall into a relationship madness - like reaching for the Grail. You grasp the emptiness and reach into the full range of references - and you are already dangerously close to the paranoia of conspiracy theories, as cleverly developed by Umberto Eco in his novel "The Foucault Pendulum".

In the Oberhausen Gasometer, in whose giant vessel the city's theater moves to Tankred Dorst for a »Parzival« staged by artistic director Johannes Lepper, time becomes space. Because such a pendulum - as it found its place in Paris, the capital of the 19th century, in the Panthéon - is installed here with a thread length of 95 meters and an iron ball weighing one hundred kilos. As if it should float and swing freely - according to divine ratio or human reason, and yet it will be dismantled again on January 29th. Eternities are so short these days. "The earth rotated, but the place where the pendulum was anchored was the only fixed point in the universe," says Eco, the science magician from Bologna.

With the medieval legend, Oberhausen's stage knights want to break a common lance at Arthur's Round Table for the reconciliation of man and nature, which Dorst's Grail Seeker does not succeed in, but which could perhaps succeed in the alchemical process of the culture industry. The »Parzival« premieres on January 13th - let's double the date number and go a half-year step ahead - we hardly walk, but we think we're going far - we write July 26th, the day on which the »Rheingold« in Bayreuth is being raised again: Tankred Dorst, the recently 80-year-old author of the utopia-critical, myth-skeptical »Merlin« and »Parzival«, will make his directorial debut with the »Ring« at Wagner's house. A circular motion, this too. Dorst's “Merlin” says out of the mists of Avalon: “The minutes and hours run in circles. We just have to wait, then the time will pass again. "The pendulum will straighten it out. AWI