Acclaimed performance artist John Kelly is recreating his Obie Award winning work, Love of a Poet, on Governors Island for the 2015 River To River Festival.
Music, movement, film and visual art combine in this performance installation built around Robert Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ of 1840, the iconic song cycle of the Romantic Period based on poems by Heinrich Heine.
This event is free and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, click on the following link and select the time for the date you would like to attend: http://lmcc.net/event/love-of-a-poet/
Kelly, singing in his signature countertenor voice, portrays a lovesick poet hiding from the world as natural elements and personal demons haunt him and flood his space. The work examines the tensions between the everyday world and the seemingly irrational and supernatural projections of creative genius.
The first version of Love of a Poet (created by Kelly in 1990) was presented as a site-specific work in the Battery Maritime Building. That building now serves as the point of embarkation for Governors Island, where the 2015 version of the work will be staged in The Arts Center. As a completely revised work made from an old shape, this production allows Kelly to reinterpret one of his benchmark creations for a new audience.
Visual artist Jarrod Beck will create a new installation that will serve as the atmospheric setting for the performances. The project’s original lighting designer, Stan Pressner, will reinterpret his design for the new space. The production will also include English translations by theater critic and translator Michael Feingold, and the original black and white 16mm film sequences by filmmaker Anthony Chase.
Performance dates and times:
Thursday, June 25 at 4:00pm (Open Dress Rehearsal)
Friday, June 26 at 4:00pm
Saturday, June 27 at 2:00pm
Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm
Please note that late seating is not permitted for this event and audiences should plan to arrive at the venue 15 minutes prior to the start of the event to check-in.