He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest. Absolute truth does not exist. Language is a pretty lie for those desiring power—or the hand of their beloved. A tour-de-force solo performance by Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to the 2,500-year history of oration. A sold-out hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this 90-minute piece ingeniously weaves together fragments of seminal speeches from the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Muhammad Ali and Osama bin Laden, revealing that the tricks of rhetoric have hardly changed since the dawn of language. Equipped with five microphones, a bare set, his voice, and indefatigable energy, Dhaenens traverses sermons, declarations of war, farewells, final arguments, victory speeches, and eulogies from across time.
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