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Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate

As an extension of Letterforming, Lynn Book (Senior Lecturer, Theatre and Dance & Assoc. Director, ICE Program) will perform a concert-style version of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, an important and widely influential ‘classic’ of the early 20th century art movement, Dada.

Ursonate is both sound poem and score. As the name implies, the work is a seriously playful gesture that appropriates a musical form, the classical sonata, filling it full of Schwitters' own invented Ur-vocalizations instead of musical notes. It seeks to return the listener to a more primal form of communication, to the roots of the language itself, by re-linking reading, poetry, and music to their origins in sung and spoken sound. In doing so, the piece provides an aural corollary to the more visually expressed themes of Letterforming.

This historic, boundary crossing work will be introduced by Wake Forest University's new Poet in Residence, Amy Catanzano, and will be followed by a reception. Programming Support Interdisciplinary Performance and Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:00pm

Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Visual Art, Arts & Entertainment, Special Events, Exhibit


Art, Academics, Hanes Art Gallery, Administrative, Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Center, Academic Centers / Institutes

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Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students


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Marcus Keely

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