— DRAMATIS PERSONAE [source: Wikipedia]
(Latin: "persons of the drama") is a phrase used to refer collectively, in the form of a list, to the main characters in a dramatic work. Such lists are commonly employed in various forms of theater, and also on screen. Typically, off-stage characters are not considered part of the dramatis personæ. It is said to have been recorded in English since 1730, and is also evident in international use. However, the term is closely associated with the works of William Shakespeare and appears in the original publication of the First Folio, published in 1623.
The term is also used to describe the multiple identifications one may adopt in an attempt to emphasize the expression of one's own individualism. An individuality is never obtained, as this process of establishing dramatis personæ creates a postmodern 'persona' which 'wears many hats', each different hat worn for a different group or surroundings. A logic of identity and individuality is replaced by a more 'superficial, tactile logic of identification where individuals become more mask-like personæ with mutable selves.' This self can no longer be theorized or based solely on an individual's job or productive function.
— Review (in part) by Mikael Josephsen, poet and author, Denmark:
Kenneth Krabat belongs to the bad boys of the literary environment and often overlooked in mainstream literature by not readily conforming to category. Now yet another strange book of his making is published; a book without words, but with peculiar characters dancing to form different patterns on all pages. In Latin “Dramatis Personae” means “people in a play” - like the poet Robert Browning’s masterpiece of the same title. And to my eyes Kenneth Krabat’s book seems mostly related to the characters in a play.
Wordlessness fuels all poetry, as the poem is always trying to say what cannot be said in plain language; the poet need invent a language for his intent. …
This is what Kenneth Krabat has done here with only a single character, dancing, acting out a language outside of convention. He is an artist from whom can you never predict what will come; only that it will be well thought through, thoroughly crafted and truly original.
[full review in sample book]