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Lena Herzog - Peak Debut

Last Whispers

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on October 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on October 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on October 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Trained in linguistics and philosophy, Lena Herzog is a multimedia artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. Last Whispers, an immersive cinematic experience dedicated to vanishing languages, is the result of Herzog’s ongoing interest in indigenous dialects, which are disappearing at an astonishing rate. By 2050, half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken around the world will fall silent. In Herzog’s oratorio, the historical recordings of more than 40 endangered or lost languages come alive among the echoes of collapsing stars in a work The New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls “haunting and singular.” Multiple panels and open discussions are planned to provide deeper understanding of the languages and what is being done worldwide to protect indigenous voices from fading away.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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Oratorio and Panel Discussion Schedule
Herzog’s immersive oratorio, Last Whispers, will be preceded by panel discussions on select days, outlined below. This unique experience will be offered in back-to-back presentations on Sunday, October 20.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 @ 3:00 PM
CELEBRATING LANGUAGE AS A GLOBAL CULTURAL PHENOMENON

Join us for an opening symposium celebrating language as a global cultural phenomenon, moderated by Dr. Lois Oppenheim, Chair, Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University. The immersive oratorio follows this discussion.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 @ 7:30 PM
LENA HERZOG – HER ADVOCACY AND ARTISTRY

Hear director Lena Herzog discuss her research on lost languages, and the creation process of Last Whispers. After the immersive oratorio, Herzog will be joined by Jedediah Wheeler in a First Impressions exchange with the audience.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 @ 7:30 PM
GLOBAL RESPONSES TO LANGUAGE LOSS

Join us for an important discussion about what is being done to preserve endangered languages, led by Mary Linn, Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The immersive oratorio follows this conversation.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 @ 7:30 PM
LOUD & CLEAR: LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY ON THE BRINK

Ross Perlin, co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, brings together scholars and activists invested in protecting and revitalizing native languages in our region. This timely discussion occurs prior to the immersive oratorio.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 @ 1:30 PM & 3:00 PM
Back-to-back presentations of the immersive oratorio.

Attend multiple Last Whispers events for the price of a single ticket.
Because of the unique nature of this series – including rich panel discussions and an experience that lends itself to repeated viewing- audiences are invited to attend one or more events for the price of a single ticket. For more information, please contact the box office

Engage

First Impressions
Saturday, October 19th
Alexander Kasser Theater
Lena Herzog – Her advocacy and artistry
Prior to the presentation of Last Whispers, Lena Herzog, its visionary director, will talk about her experience in making an unprecedented immersive oratorio. After the presentation she will be joined by Jedediah Wheeler in a First Impressions exchange with the audience.

Artists


Romeo CastellucciDirector and stage, lighting and costume designer Romeo Castellucci (Cesena, Italy, 1960) is known throughout the world for creating a theatre founded on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. He has also written various theoretical essays on directing. His theatre engages in a type of dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, thus becoming a complex and supple form of art, a theatre made of extraordinarily rich images expressed in a language as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture. The Societas Raffaello Sanzio, the theatre company he created in 1981, is internationally recognised as one of today’s most important for its radical aesthetic stance and the profoundly human nature of its creations. Since 2006, after the eleven performances of the cycle Tragedia Endogonidia, a monumental recapitulation of tragedy in contemporary Europe, Romeo Castellucci has also worked on individual projects.His stagings are regularly invited to and produced by the most prestigious international theatres, opera houses and festivals, in over fifty countries covering all the continents.Among his most recent creations: Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio(2011), Parsifal by Richard Wagner (2011), The Four Seasons Restaurant(2012), Hyperion based on Friedrich Hölderlin (2013), Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck (2014), Neither by Morton Feldman (2014), Go Down, Moses (2014), Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky (2014), Ödipus der Tyrann (2015), Moses und Aronby Arnold Schönberg (2015), The Minister’s Black Veil inspired by Hawthorne’s parable (2016), Jeanne au bûcher by Arthur Honegger(2017), Democracy in America freely inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville(2017), Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner (2017) and at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam Dar Floss der Medusaby Hans Werner Henze (2018). He has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 1996, he was given the Europa Prize Nuove realtà teatrali, and in 2002 was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic. In 2005, he was appointed director of the theatre section of the Venice Biennale. In 2008, he was named “associated artist” by the artistic committee of the Festival d’Avignon for its 62nd edition. In 2010, Le Monde chose his Trilogy ‘Divina Commedia’ as best performance, and the only theatrical work included among the most significant cultural events of the decade 2000-2010. In 2013 the Venice Biennale awarded him its prestigious Prize Golden Lion for his career in theatre. In 2014, he received a degree honoris causa from the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum in the disciplines of Music and Theatre. Opernwelt, the leading German periodical in the field of opera, also awarded him its prize for Best Director 2014. The 2014 and 2015 seasons of the Festival d’Automne in Paris, each presenting three of his works as part of the Portrait Biennale, definitively established him as one of the major artists of our time. In 2015 he received the UBU Prize for the best set-design for the production Go Down, Moses.


Program

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In The News

ELISABETH VINCENTELLI, THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Romeo Castellucci, the Provocative Italian Stage Director”
New Yorkers get to see a lot of Shakespeare, but it’s usually not as out there as “Julius Caesar. Spared Parts.” Directed by Romeo Castellucci, this 45-minute performance boils down the play to three main scenes, and even they are almost unrecognizable. Mark Antony’s funeral speech, for instance, is delivered in a barely decipherable rasp by an actor, Dalmazio Masini, who has had a tracheotomy. Continue Reading

Credits

Last Whispers was created in collaboration with The Endangered Languages Institute, SOAS, University of London. It is co-presented by The Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, UNESCO

Programs in Peak Performances’ 2019-20 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Details

Date: October 17
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Organizer

Organizer Name: Arts & Cultural Programming