The name was derived from that of Hermes Trismegistos
, the reputed author of occult symbolic works.
We have an obligation to study and teach in our universities the work of the ancients and moderns - Hermes Trismegistos
and Homer, Aristotle and Langston Hughes, Richard Wright and Plato, William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston, Herman Melville and Jane Austen, Shakespeare and George Eliot, Ernest Gaines and Dante, Amixi Baraka and Saint Augustine and all the other voices of the planet worth our ears.
Although the dread word "multiculturalism" was conspicuously absent from the festival's promotional material, a brief program essay by Thompson spoke of "unlocking our dominant cultures' and recognizing "the vitality of peoples in ascendancy." To that end, the 18-production, eight-country lineup included the premiere of a new work by Montreal's acclaimed avant garde company Carbone 14; the first North American performances of Sandclavier, by Lithuania's State Theatre of Kaunas; a Brazilian adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando; a site-specific extravaganza entitled The Alchemical Theatre of Hermes Trismegistos
(created by Canadian composer R.
Antonio Persios und Francesco patrizis Rekonstruktionen der Eleme nrenlehre"; Anthony Grafton, "Protestant versus Prophet: Isaac Casaubon uber Hermes Trismegistos
"; Martin Mulsow, "Epilog: Das schnelle und das langsame Ende des Hermetismus"; Gilbert Genbrard, "Chronographia 2.
Since 1992, Autumn Leaf has developed, presented and/or produced over eight works of contemporary Canadian music theatre and opera: Union Station transformed into an alchemical/mystical theatre at midnight (The Alchemical Theatre of Hermes Trismegistos
The Greeks identified Thoth with their god Hermes, and they called him "Thoth, the thrice great" (Hermes Trismegistos