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Press release: From The Edge Exhibition Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery Opens “From the Edge” Exhibition,Featuring Performance Design Depicting Social and Political Issues
Jan. 2015 eNews > From The Edge reception + a start to a new year at the Miller Gallery!
Co-presented by the CMU Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Susan Tsu- Artistic Director and lead curator
Chris Barreca- Scene Design curator
Linda Cho- Costume Design curator
Allen Hahn- Lighting Design curator
Don Tindall- Sound Design curator
With Randy Gener as curatorial advisor
Jan. 16 - March 1, 2015
Jan. 16, Fri. 6-8pm: Reception
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Jan. 31, Sat. 3pm,
Feb. 1, Sun. 2pm: (UPDATED DAYS + TIMES)
Performances by CMU Honors String Quartet
Players: Greta Mutlu, violin, Kurt Munstedt, violin, Si Yu, viola, Tim Paek, cello
Program: Leos Janacek. String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" (1923)
Duration: 19 minutes + 10 for introduction & commentary
Czech composer Leos Janacek (1854-1928) has always been a perplexing figure because of his music’s exasperating Romanticism framed by a personal brand of daring Modernism of which the String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”, composed in Prague in 1923, is a formidable example.
The work, inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata (1890), a tale of disregard for women, cynical visions of marriage, musical incomprehension (Beethoven’s famous Kreutzer Sonata), evil views of sexual relations and obsessive, morbid jealousy resulting in unpunished murder, served Janacek to expose his own anxieties and ambiguities about personal passions and modern life.
The performance of Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1 by the outstanding CMU Honors String Quartet is a fitting tribute to the artists who so valiantly have contributed to From the Edge an exhibit that eloquently represents anxieties and irreconcilable dissonances in a particular sociopolitical juncture in American history.
Exhibition + event are free and open to the public.
"Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! (Pause. Vehemently.) Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to
which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say?"
- Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
This USA National exhibit is reflective of those issues consuming American performance makers today: issues of identity, healing, and obsessions with death and loss after 9/11 and hurricane Katrina; the pull of conscience that is inevitable when engaged in war; anger directed toward the obliviousness of many to the destruction of our planet; the conundrum of eating; rising political polarities (and ambiguities) in reaction to the first African-American to be elected president; tensions relative to race and gender; anxieties about technology; the role of religion in society and the challenges of the those marginalized whether they be immigrants, differently-abled or queer.
The viewer will find works that push the limits of how performance design is imagined in the USA today. Seminal founders and long standing ensembles of performance makers are recognized. Vital new designs are celebrated.
Welcome to our country on edge.