*** CONFERENCE: CARMEN AND HER OTHERS ***
11 and 12 February
University College London
UCL Mellon Programme will be hosting CARMEN AND HER OTHERS, an international conference, on 11 and 12 February. The conference aims to conduct an in-depth study of Carmen in her various manifestations. By exploring Carmen in text, opera, film, dance and theatre, the conference hopes to trace various incarnations of the work across time and space. By juxtaposing multiple versions of the story from around the world, we will explore issues of inter-cultural and inter-medial translation and adaptation.
Programme, speakers, abstracts and further information are at http://carmen2011.weebly.com/conference.html
Complementing the conference will be two evening shows, held in the Bloomsbury Theatre in the heart of London, which explore the theoretical questions through performance. On 11 Februrary, CARMEN STAGED will feature a performance of Bizet's Carmen Suites by the UCOpera orchestra conducted by Charles Peebles. The familiar strains of the music, though, will be countered by the collage of images that visual artist Susanne Dietz will curate from various different versions of Carmen - some better known than others.
CENTRIFUGE: CARMEN SAMPLED, on 12 February, is a collaboration between the pioneering multimedia artist Robin Storey and choreographer/dancer Johanna Devi. Stripping back the layers of narrative accumulated around the figure of Carmen, they explore the elemental forces that constitute her. Not set in any particular time or place, CENTRIFUGE attempts to capture Carmen’s enduring themes. The artists improvise around anchoring concepts, spinning out from the ‘original’ story, one that is already itself a constellation of influences, works, adaptations and translations. Using sampling as the key technique, the piece draws on its many predecessors and turns the anxiety of influence into inspiration.
For more information, please visit http://carmen2011.weebly.com/
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