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It’s Alive! A Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein
March 4 : 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm$15
2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, and we celebrate by using Mary Shelley’s enormously influential work as the basis of John Cage’s Circus On, a template for turning text into a performance. “It’s Alive! a Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein” will be our live, multimedia presentation, sprawling over the outdoor Koski Plaza and all levels of New College’s ACE building. New College students, faculty, and staff, abetted by ensemblenewSRQ, will sing, declaim, emote, dance, perform, and wreak general havoc. Come see the monster if you dare!
Students working with New College Professor of English Miriam Wallace have already begun Cage’s process of transforming the text of the 1818 version of Frankenstein into “mesostics,” a type of poem created using words from the base text that contain the letters of the text’s title, following certain rules (you can see an example below). These mesostics will form the new text of our performance, which will also incorporate sounds, music, and references to places found in Frankenstein. We will have performers on all levels of the ACE (Academic Center) Building and the adjacent Koski Plaza, so you as the audience will choose your own receptive experience—shape your own destiny, as it were—as you move around the Plaza.
So out of one text we create a new, fractured hybrid, one incorporating the original but with a life of its own. Part book, part music, part theater, part light, part sound, part video—Will you have the courage to experience the monster?
Pre-concert talk by NMNC Director Stephen Miles at 7:30.
Note: Parking is in the lots on Bay Shore Road north of the ACE Building.