RESEARCH ON THE ALCHEMY AND THE TRILOGY:
ALCHEMISTICHES REQUIEM – SIEGFRIED - PARSIFAL
Enrico Fauro, starting from the Analytical Psychology of Carl Gustav Jung, goes into the study of the symbol and its universal and unconscious properties. He then connects this investigation, through his archaeological studies, to the investigation of ancient religions, initiation rites and sacred sites considered places of energy. In the search for a perfect synthesis between man's psychic evolution and the knowledge contained in mythology and its symbols, he soon came to a fiery interest in Gothic Cathedrals and medieval alchemy. He therefore carried out a passionate work of research and observation on the great mystical and alchemical places in France, northern Italy, Scotland and England.
From this intense work of investigation arises the need to put into practice the learned knowledge and to find a comprehensible language to suggest them to modern man. In the belief that this ancient psychic and spiritual knowledge can save today's man from loss of meaning, he pours his efforts into three different works. These three subjects soon take the form of a trilogy: the Alchemical Requiem, Siegfried and Parsifal. To date the Alchemical Requiem, as the first work of the trilogy, is the only one to have been represented. Siegfried is in the meantime being prepared to debut later. Parsifal will be the final work of this triptych.
The Alchemical Requiem was born as an exclusively mimetic work; Siegfried, on the other hand, is a show in prose, and it is a reinterpretation of the myth in a totally alchemical and architectural key; Parsifal in the end puts together the research on movement and that on a new type of linguistic communication. And if the Alchemical Requiem intends to represent a path of elevation necessary to be admitted to initiation, Siegfried is a real subsequent path of inner alchemical transmutation. Parsifal then brings together the search for the Philosopher's Stone and the Grahal with the great Heroic Journey of which the symbol of the Labyrinth is a metaphor. The three shows together reconstruct respectively the ternary structure of the myth: the Call, the Initial Journey, the Return from Death as new men.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORK: THE SEVEN SEALS
In Alchemy there are seven seals symbolized by the seven alchemical metals. These seals make up a true path of transmutation. He who intends to work on himself the transformations that the alchemist carries out on the Philosopher's Stone, must cross this path of preparation. Each of the seven seals is an initiatory door. It places the human being before the forces that compose him and that dwell in his Unconscious. These energies can be used in a profitable and constructive way, or in a negative and destructive way. Until he who completes the path will learn to use his potential resources in the best possible way, for himself and for others, the gates will remain closed and his path to enlightenment will be precluded. Each door is a barrier, which has the task of evolving the potential of the man who intends to cross it.
Through the fourteen pieces of Mozart's Requiem, Enrico Fauro wanted to portray in a symbolic way, all the way through the seven doors. First, making a reverse itinerary, from the last to the first threshold, with the first seven pieces, in which the doors remain closed and the energies related to them do not evolve and remain twisted and unresolved. Then, in the next seven passages, the path is carried out in the right order. Then each passage opens, thanks to the fact that the trials are passed, and each energy finds its own resolution.
Finally, the choice of the Kollegienkirche in Salzburg as the venue for the first performance comes from the study of its central rotunda. First of all, the rotunda is almost exactly the size of the Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, an element that constantly marks the Trilogy. Secondly, the chessboard that makes up the Rotunda is a symbol of duality, as a starting point for the initiate, who must reconcile opposites. Moreover, the colours that compose it - white and red - are two of the three colours of the Great Alchemical Work, the Albedo and the Rubedo, respectively. Black - the third symbolic colour of the first alchemical phase of Nigredo - is present through the costumes of the performers, who become the living matter on which the transmutation takes place.
WHAT IS SIEGFRIED?
SIEGFRIED is a self-produced movie by ARGONAUTI directed by Enrico Fauro. It is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Nordic myth of the famous hero who kills the dragon Fafnir. It is the second performance of the Alchemical Trilogy that began with the performance ALCHEMISTISCHES REQUIEM, on the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and which will end with the theatrical show PARSIFAL, with music by Verdi and Wagner. SIEGFRIED is an initiatory journey into the unconscious of every man. The trials of a dream game with the Dragon become the stages of transformation of Siegfried. The aim is to contaminate the psyche of the spectator with images and symbols that have transformed men of every age and synthesize the essential outline of humanity’s journey towards self-determination, the realization of one’s own potential and enlightenment. The film will be shot between Italy (Sardinia), Austria (Salzburg) and France (Chartres).
THE TEXT AND THE COLLABORATIONS
The text is born from a loving research in the world of initiation rites, occult languages and ancient builders of Gothic cathedrals. Born as a theatrical work and then totally revised in a cinematic key, is a work by Enrico Fauro, director and interpreter of the antagonist of the Hero. The realization sees the participation of Marianne Ewaldt, artist and scholar of Labyrinths of international reach. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is all performed by Maestro Peter Ewaldt of Salzburg. The film, shot in Italian, will be available with German subtitles.
DETAILS OF THE PLOT
Siegfried is an ordinary man, just like any future hero. But he does not receive any challenge from the outside world to begin his adventure. The call is internal and he falls into himself as in a deep web. All the action takes place in one night. Time does not pass. It could be a night of millennial duration or just a night dream. The Dragon is a guide as Mephistopheles is for Faust. The ambiguity of the characters of this "nocturnal" dimension preserve an androgynous language, the son of the myth tragedy and an unsettling irony. A game is the mechanism of the action. The fate of killing the Dragon will be accomplished against the will of Siegfried and with completely unusual outcomes.
The project, due to the Corona-virus pandemic, has been postponed and currently filming is scheduled for summer 2021. We expect the work to be completed by December 2021. We are proud, on this day (15 February) in which ancient rituals were performed in memory of the great Nordic hero, to open our Crowdfunding for the realization of the SIEGFRIED movie. Contributing to the realization means buying in advance our movie that will be sent to you in digital format by December 2021 at the end of the work. Our gratitude is immense. Our joy at the accomplishment of this task makes us strong and determined. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
ARGONAUTI: OUR MISSION
The ARGONAUTI are born to spread philosophical and existential knowledge that humanity has guarded for millennia and that today can lead man to his own sense, in the current of his task. Our works are born as rituals and are brought to the public without any economic benefit to us. For this reason, the budget required for this work is very limited in proportion to the average expected for the making of a movie. We have invested all our personal resources for this enterprise which is victorious for us as soon as these ideas of ours see the light of concrete realization.
WHAT DO WE ASK FOR?
We ask for your support for a service that we want to render to you and to as many people as possible. Allow us to give you the best part of all our artistic work and studies that we have completed so far. Let us make this work together. Climb onto our vessel by our side to launch into the Universe an important message that comes from far away.