Anne Carson & Robert Currie in Performance

Jeff Brown

Anne Carson & Robert Currie in Performance

Past Event: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

At Town Hall Seattle

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This evening will feature a world premiere performance of a new work by Anne Carson and Robert Currie inspired by the Cycladic Sculptures. With original music by Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney.

The Cycladic Sculptures were created between 5000 and 2400 BC on the Cycladic Islands of Greece set in the Aegean Sea. These sculptures possess certain features; they are proportional and simplistic, their arms are folded, and the only facial feature carved was the nose. The sculptures have all been excavated at Cycladic cemeteries.

Please note: there will be no Q&A this evening.

Anne Carson is a professor of Classics, a poet, essayist and translator. “In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry,” wrote Daphne Merkin in the New York Times Book Review, “Anne Carson, a Canadian professor of classics, has been cutting a large swath, inciting both envy and admiration.” Carson has gained both critical accolades and a wide readership over the course of her “unclassifiable” publishing career.

A MacArthur Genius Award-winner, Carson’s most recent work is Red doc> (2013), a direct sequel to her first poetic novel Autobiography of Red (1998).

In addition to her many highly-regarded translations of classical writers, Carson has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism and verse novels that often cross genres. Known for her supreme erudition, her poetry can also be heartbreaking; she regularly writes on love, desire, sexual longing and despair.

Selected Works

Red doc> (2013)
Antigonick (2012)
NOX (2010)
An Oresteia (Translation of AgamemnonElektraOrestes(2009)
Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (translation) (2006)
Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (2005)
Wonderwater (Alice Offshore) (volume two, Answer Scars, a collaboration with Roni Horn) (2004)
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002)
The Beauty of the Husband (2001)
Electra (translation) (2001)
Men in the Off Hours (2001)
Economy of the Unlost: Reading Simonides of Ceos with Paul Celan (1999)
Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (1998)
Plainwater (1995)
Short Talks (1992)
Glass, Irony, and God (1992)
Eros the Bittersweet (1986)


The Blaney Lecture: Anne Carson
Anne Carson Performing Antigonick

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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