Abu Nuwas

  • IMG_3193Artistic director / Choreographer : Philippe Saint-Paul
  • dancers : Philippe Saint-Paul
  • music : Anoushka Shankar

Abu Nuwas is often recognized as the greatest poet of his time. His mastery of language has led to extensive quotations of his verses by Arabian scholars. Genial, cynical, immoral, he drew on all the varied life of his time for the material of his poems.

A controversial figure, he symbolizes the narrow edge courage and trouble. Does an artist need to be outrageous in order to be dating, and is being vilipended by most a sign that you are actually hitting the mark?

At the end of his life, he turned to asceticism. Was it again by desire to provoke controversy or by a sincere repentance of his excesses?