Radio Free Stein, the Dedalus Ensemble, and the Paris IAS present:
WHAT HAPPENED | PLAYS
A radio concert based on two works by Gertrude Stein:
What Happened. A Five Act Play,
"Plays," a lecture.
Music: Samuel Vriezen
Words: Gertrude Stein, arranged by Adam Frank
Aurélie Lierman, as W (the Writer)
and the Dedalus Ensemble, as the Chorus:
Didier Aschour, guitar & art direction
Amélie Berson, flute
Cyprien Busolini, viola
Thierry Madiot, trombone
Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, saxophone
Fabrice Villard, clarinet
Deborah Walker, cello
Discussion with Laura Luise Schultz (University of Copenhagen) to follow the performance.
The performance is part of Radio Free Stein, Adam Frank's (IEA Fellow, 2018-19) critical and collaborative sound project that renders ten plays by Gertrude Stein in the form of radio melodrama. How can we understand the influence of Stein's "landscape theater" poetics on non-naturalist theater? What do her poetics tell us about theatricality and dramatic form in the context of those institutions of broadcasting media that seek to regulate affective experience? And what new affordances for understanding Stein's plays, and for criticism in general, emerge from bringing critics and composers together to interpret them as radio melodramas? (Recordings and more information on the project can be found at www.radiofreestein.com)
This event is made possible with support from l'ensemble Dedalus, l'Institut d'études avancées de Paris, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.