Glass Armonica:An Evening of Poetry and Dance Inspired by the Work of Rebecca Dunham

Music, dance, and poetry intermingle on the tiny Bryant-Lake Bowl stage as Maggie Bergeron's always illuminating choreography and Nicholas Gaudette's visceral bass animate Rebecca Dunham's "Glass Armonica," winner of the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Named after the eccentric 18th-century musical instrument believed to cause madness in the listener, and used in the experimental treatment of female patients, the poems in the "Glass Armonica" sequence explore that most infamous of female illnesses: hysteria. Dunham's work deals with such 19th-century preoccupations as melancholy, dysmorphic bodies, and uninvited human contact. The unthinkable meets the unspeakable.
Sun., April 13, 6 p.m., 2014

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