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Couchcast: ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling read by Jason Couch

Written in 1910 for his little boy, Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ talks about overcoming difficulties in life and ultimately how to be a good human being.

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Trump, meine amerikanische Familie und ich – tagesschau24 | programm.ARD.de

https://programm.ard.de/TV/Themenschwerpunkte/Politik/Aktuelle-Reportagen/Startseite/?sendung=287213685078963

Off topic.

So, my old friend Jiffer Bourguignon, husband Ingo Zamperoni and Birgit Wärnke have made a documentary about America, Trump, the elections and their family.

It will be online as of tomorrow and on TV on 2nd November. I’ve seen clips of it and it really promises to be great viewing.

They’re also both on NDR Talkshow tonight (Friday) talking about it. Don’t miss it!!

Couchcast: Mathilde Berry lit La tombe dit à la Rose de Victor Hugo

Mathilde Berry

Notre premier Couchcast en français!

Mathilde Berry lit La Tombe Dit à la Rose de Victor Hugo – devant une des ses ouvres.

La tombe dit à la rose :
— Des pleurs dont l’aube t’arrose
Que fais-tu, fleur des amours ?
La rose dit à la tombe :
— Que fais-tu de ce qui tombe
Dans ton gouffre ouvert toujours ?

La rose dit: — Tombeau sombre,
De ces pleurs je fais dans l’ombre
Un parfum d’ambre et de miel.
La tombe dit: — Fleur plaintive,
De chaque âme qui m’arrive
Je fais un ange du ciel.

Mathilde also reads the English translation ‘The Grave and the Rose’ Mathilde is reading the poem in front of one of her own paintings.

The Grave and The Rose

The Grave said to the Rose,
“What of the dews of dawn,
Love’s flower, what end is theirs?”
“And what of spirits flown,
The souls whereon doth close
The tomb’s mouth unawares?”
The Rose said to the Grave.

The Rose said, “In the shade
From the dawn’s tears is made
A perfume faint and strange,
Amber and honey sweet.”
“And all the spirits fleet
Do suffer a sky-change,
More strangely than the dew,
To God’s own angels new,”
The Grave said to the Rose

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COUCHCASTS

Video by Alexander Rühl

Our Couchcasts have now been viewed approximately 13,000 times on social media since we started them in March 2020. A huge THANK YOU to all our very talented actors who contributed to them and THANK YOU for your continued support.

So, after a summer break we’re bringing them back on 1st October 2020. We look forward to offering you wonderful poetry and prose (and maybe even a song or two) to entertain you through the autumn and winter months. You can see them here or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube.com.

And if you have any suggestions for readings or you would like us to read one of your favourite poems /stories etc. please don’t hesitate to suggest something in the comments section or contact us via Email.

Thanks once again.
Stay safe!

Jason

Selected Photos From ‘To Be Or Not… erlesene Apokalypsen’ with Jesse Garon and Jason Couch

Our reading as part of the Respice Finem exhibition in Schloss Bothmer, Klütz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Photos courtesy of Silke Paustian

Respice Finem photo © Künstlerbund Mecklenburg und Vorpommern e. V. im BBK

TO BE OR NOT…ERLESEN APOKALYPSEN

Aufgrund der aktuellen Wettersituation wurde die Lesung in den Ostflügel verlegt. Besucherzahl ist jetzt auf 60 Personen begrenzt. Bitte melden Sie sich vorher an unter info@kuenstlerbund-mv.org um einen Sitzplatz zu reservieren

Due to the current weather conditions, the reading will now take place in the East Wing of the castle. The number of audience members has been limited to 60. Please register beforehand at info@kuenstlerbund-mv.org in order to secure a seat.

To be or not… erlesene Apokalypsen

UPDATE

Aufgrund der Wettersituation wurde die Lesung in den Ostflügel verlegt. Besucherzahl ist jetzt auf 60 Personen begrenzt. Bitte melden Sie sich vorher an unter info@kuenstlerbund-mv.org um einen Sitzplatz zu reservieren

Due to the weather conditions, the reading will now take place in the East Wing of the castle. The number of audience members has been limited to 60. Please register beforehand at info@kuenstlerbund-mv.org in order to secure a seat.

Mit Jesse Garon und Jason Couch im Schlosspark von Schloss Bothmer am 28. August 2020 um 18.30 Uhr.

In English and German.

Eintritt frei

http://www.mv-schloesser.de

Erlesene Apokalypsen in Schloss Bothmer am 28. August 2020

https://kluetz-mv.de/tourismus-kultur/sehenswuerdigkeiten/bothmer/termin/calendar/2020/08/28/event/tx_cal_phpicalendar/to-be-or-not-erlesene-apokalypsen-mit-jesse-garon-und-jason-couch.html?cHash=209dbf21dee5dff1a760d91257ddf6ed

Es lesen Jesse Garon (Berlin) und Jason Couch (Wales/Hamburg) in deutscher und englischer Sprache. OPEN AIR – Veranstaltung im Ehrenhof. Eintritt frei.
Lyrik und Texte von Dylan Thomas, Jakob van Hoddis, William Blake, Mary Shelley, Richard Huelsenbeck, Kurt Schwitters, H.C. Artmann, Alfred Lichtenstein, Georg Trakl, Else Lasker-Schüler, Lord Byron, Jura Soyfer u.a.

Außerdem: Sonderausstellung des Künstlerbundes M-V im Park und Westflügel

Couch Theatre Playlist on Spotify

If you saw one of our productions and wanted to know what music we used – either recordings or played live – we have now created a playlist on http://www.spotify.com excitingly called ‘Couch Theatre Playlist’. We have also created separate playlists for each production.

These are not exact playlists seeing as some titles are not available on Spotify and some of the music on the playlists never made it to the final production, but we have included them anyway. 🙂

Enjoy.