Programming / to stage.
The Frenchwoman that I am was shocked by your title in English: The Golden Ass ! – we speak of the donkey and we say: donkey and not ass. Asinus Aureus is the original Latin title – asinus=âne=donkey, so the Golden Donkey sounds more ? – well – it doesn’t matter – this time, we are closer to the text than you.
You may have heard of this not so short story, which is just right and simply delicious.
Ancient authors have a huge advantage over us: they don’t have complexes – they’re not afraid to shock people – they talk to you about sexuality like I can talk to you about a recipe for quiche lorraine – and they laugh with a magnificent joy of living at all the nonsense that goes through our heads.
So it’s a completely crazy story, with magic (a lot), terrible adventures (even more), robbers, thieves, witches, lovers, … censored, goddesses, donkeys of course, and paths full of rocks, mountain trails, crevasses – in short, a great setting for a necessarily exciting show.
The Golden Ass is the story of a young man – Lucius – a little stupid – who, by magic as well as by accident, is transformed into a donkey. It is his girlfriend who made a mistake – okay, it can happen, frankly, there is no reason to eat roses.
Besides, to become a fabulous man again, he will have to eat roses.
It was almost easy: he slept in the stable and the next day, a batch of roses.
Alas, thieves appear during the night – and as they are lazy, what do they do, these bastards?
They steal the donkey, to make him carry the booty.
Here is our Lucius on the roads, loaded like a donkey and treated — like a donkey too. He is simply beaten, nobody lets him eat his thistles quietly on the road – so much so that he will try to flee: but of course, he doesn’t succeed.
Condemned to death for his insolent stupidity – he will be saved, will believe in his new-found good star – and failed again. At this point, the tale is no longer for children, we are catapulted into the Roman orgies without filters – yes for Altair, there will be filters
And this poor fool will only be saved on the day of the procession in honor of the goddess of the earth: there are roses!
It’s amazing how hard it is to find what you need – yet roses? it didn’t seem so hard.
Okay – this is not theatre.
Okay ? hmmm… it can fit very very well – no ? yes, of course !
And besides… when I tell you that you only have to bend down to find funny, terrible and exciting adventures? That’s a whole lot of fun.
And … as our brave little donkey wanders through bad roads, finds himself in unbelievable cut-throats, surrounded by enemies as wild as they are unpredictable…
& add that we are in full in the theme of the Fool :
then, with a theatre/circus/dance adaptation – we also have so much to invent an adventure on all our virtual reality levels, from the most tender to the worst – and the worst… there is.
Featured Image : path of donkeys and stubborn walkers that we find in Greece