Campbell (1904-1987) was a mythologist, who interpreted the
symbols of myth by means of comparative methods and the tools of
depth psychology. His genius, as well as acquaintance with
renowned contemporaries like psychologist Carl Jung, Indologist
Heinrich Zimmer and author John Steinbeck, allowed him to develope
a unique approach to his material. Married with Jean Erdman,
choreographer and member of the famous Martha Graham Dance
Company, Campbell was inspired by the artistic way of thinking as
well as by scientific research.
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the Heidelberg RoundTable
is a Joseph Campbell study group, located in Heidelberg (Germany).
Our meetings take place on one evening each month (mostly Friday),
depending on the members' availability.
are discussing myths and symbols of all times and origins with an
emphasis on their relevance for today’s world. Our focal point
is The Grail and the Wasteland: Based on the mythological
research of Joseph Campbell, Mircea Eliade, Carl Jung and Heinrich
Zimmer, we try to revitalize the great metaphors of the past for
contemporary life and art. Our assumption is, that we are
spiritually, intellectually and symbolically in a situation, which
is comparable to the world of the Grail stories. With those ideas
at the back of our mind, we are studying texts, films, artworks
of the past and near future are, among others:
of Myth – Crisis of Man
Jung and the Discovery of the Unconscious
and Dying in Times of atheism - Robert
Wilson's La Mort de Molière
"Black Knights" of the SS - Mythology in Times of
- the Hero who fails
(with Hamlet-actor Oliver Stahlheber, Taeter Theater
and Transformation – Archetypes and Folk Ideas
encloses all Things – Carl Orff’s The Moon
Myths and Fairy Tales
(with storyteller Erika Deiters)
(with storyteller Rebecca Armstrong)
mathematician and consultant Conor-John Fitzsimons)
Mystery of Time and Timelessness - Eternity as a "dimension of here
around and love on you” - Ray Charles and the Art of the
Gods - Thomas Mann’s Joseph and his Brothers
of Time – Philip Glass’ Akhnaten
(with art historian and egyptologist Maria L. Weigel)
into the Underworld - Ancient Greek Mystery Cults
Mythology as a Symphony - Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5
The Power of Fate and Fortuity - Tom Tykwer's The Warrior and
Technology as a "host of life" - Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi
"... and beyond: Infinity" - Stanley Kubrick's 2001 -
A Space Odyssee
"... where the inner and outer sphere meet" - Novalis
and the seat of the soul
The Western Quest - Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parcival
(with Jeremy Kemp)
addition to our regular meetings, we arrange extraordinary events
such as movie screenings, storytelling evenings and excursions to
places that are linked to mythology.
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~ Willigis Jäger (Portrait
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~ Kösel-Verlag (Portrait
of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim).
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