Performance directed by Anna Winestein
followed by panel discussion and book signing

7:30 pm, Thursday April 23, 2015

Room 206, 8 St. Mary's St
BU Photonics Center
Free and Open to the Public

Few theatrical creations of the 20th century are as mythically iconoclastic as Victory Over the Sun. Nominally called an opera, it was in fact an anti-operatic, anti-theatrical, anti-literary piece of performance art. Join us for an experimental production of this seminal early achievement of Russian Futurism, directed by Anna Winestein. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with scholars, including historian Harlow Robinson, and a reception and book signing with the author of the newly re-issued translation of Victory, Larissa Shmailo. This event is part of the Revolutionary Voices Project at Boston University.

Under Anna Winestein's direction, Shmailo’s translation, originally commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1980, has undergone a digitized technological update while retaining the Marx Brothers-like feel of the manic original. The performance will feature a digital score written and mastered by Finnish composer Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, voice performance by Shmailo, interactive digital projections created by Ajjen Joshi, visual design by Anna Winestein, and volunteer actors from the BU community.

The performance of this early achievement of Russian Futurism that spanned many art forms, including poetry, art, music and theater will be followed by comments by Northeastern University professor Harlow Robinson, and a panel discussion among Robinson, Winestein, Joshi, and Shmailo, moderated by BU professor and co-director of the Revolutionary Voices project, Yuri Corrigan. The evening will conclude with a book signing by Shmailo, whose translation is now available from Cervena Barva Press, and a reception.

Sponsored by the Boston University Center for Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Provost Arts Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Europe. Presented by the Center for the Study of Europe, Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Cervena Barva Press. With the participation of the Computer Science, English, and Modern Languages and Comparative Literature departments at BU.

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