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Danse Macabre | Peltz Gallery Exhibition

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Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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17 November - 8 December 2022
Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm

Danse Macabre is a binaural interpretation of Emily Dickinson's poem CXVI. The poem explores a speaker that looks at and measures other people's grief. Danse Macabre reinterprets this speaker as Emily, a gender-questioning presence in a flat during the second COVID-19 lockdown. Join Emily for a dance with their analytic eyes.

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Commissioned by the Performing Pandemic Grief: The Arts of Losing symposium, supported by Wellcome Trust ISSF, Peltz Gallery, BiGS (Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality) and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre. 

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Aya v. O (a.k.a. Yanik Riedo, they/them) is a translator, director and performer and graduate of MA Text and Performance (Birkbeck/RADA). Their work as a performer spans theatre and audio formats. Previous performing credits include Leben Lu�gen Sterben (Theater am Neumarkt, 2014), Schafe (TedxZurich, 2018), Chronik der Zukunft (Rote Fabrik Zurich, 2018) and I See You as I Am (Aya v. O, 2022).

Bruno Vilhar (he/him) is a sound designer, audio producer and musician. He currently works in film, TV and video game post-production. This post-production work includes The Witcher (Season 2), Scenes From A Marriage and Hitman 3. He also created the sound design for Elliot C. Mason's poetry collection City Embers.

Emily Dickinson (she/her) is an American poet who lived from 1830 to 1886. Her poetry often deals with themes of death, loss and immortality. She lived much of her life reclusively and most of her poems were published after her death.

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