Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kristen Loree & Jack Ox: Schwitters' Ur Sonata

Presented by Subtext Reading Series and Nonsequitur.

The Dada intermedia artist Kurt Schwitters' Ur Sonata is an epic Dada sound poem structured in classic four-movement sonata form (plus introduction, finale, and cadenza). This performance of the Ur Sonata merges two distinct approaches to the material. Actress and vocalist Kristen Loree gives a tour de force performance of the complete text, set against a backdrop of projections by visual artist Jack Ox. The images are derived from Ox's translation of the poem into a series of paintings that run continuously for 800 feet. Loree will also perform By Language Embellished: I, a work for solo actor/percussionist by composer Stuart Saunders Smith.

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