Posted on May 16, 2013
In this video Ant Hampton, one of the creators of The Quiet Volume, shares his insights and observations about the show and tells us how he thinks this production at the Beineke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reading Room will be a truly unique experience.
The Quiet Volume is an intimate theatrical experience about books, reading, and the communal experience of the library. Two participants sit side-by-side at tables and don headphones. Taking cues from words both written and whispered in their ears, they find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books.
The play, written by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exploits the particular tension common to any library worldwide: a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples' experiences of reading unfold.
Celebrating the Beinecke The Quiet Volume takes place in the Reading Room of Yale’s spectacular Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, a 50-year-old New Haven institution dedicated to the preservation of rare books and manuscripts for research and discovery. Events taking place as part of the Beinecke's anniversary year also include walking tours, talks, and more.
Credits Voices (English version): Ant Hampton, Seth Etchells, Jenny Naden
Artistic production: Katja Timmerberg
Binaural recordings: TiTo Toblerone
Commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas, a festival of portable theatre curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias, in coproduction with Vooruit Arts Centre, Belgium
Performances June 18-28, 2013
Posted on April 6, 2013
Take a sneak peek at some of the exciting events coming to New Haven this summer.
Posted on January 28, 2013
In honor of our upcoming Visionary Leadership Award and Luncheon, Zanaib Salbi, 2010 Visionary Leadership Award Recipient, talks about what it means to be a Visionary Leader.
Posted on July 2, 2012
Thank you for playing along with us, for partaking in the serious fun, for your attendance, for your volunteer time, and for your support. Most of all, THANK YOU for making this Festival yours!
Posted on June 29, 2012
love fail is the newest evening-length theater work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Sung by the unearthly voices of legendary vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, love fail is a tour de force of storytelling, weaving together snippets of medieval courtly love narratives, short stories by MacArthur Fellowship Award-winning author Lydia Davis, scraps from the libretto of Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and text by Lang himself. Out of these sources, Lang has conjured a single story, in which two unnammed lovers meet each other, love each other, and lose each other - not necessarily in that order.
Posted on June 28, 2012
This is King Lear as you have never seen it before: Wu Hsing-Kuo, director of Taiwan's Contemporary Legemd Theater, has created a tour-de-force solo performance that fuses time-honored Peking Opera techniques with this classic Western tale of great power and cruel deception. Mr. Wu's fascinating adaptation has been praised around the world for its blend of Eastern and Western. In this video blog, Mr. Wu talks about how the difficulties Peking Opera has with attracting younger audiences and how his productions blend the old with the new to appeal to contemporary audiences.