Happy Birthday Geoffrey!!
Come to a one week special showing of Geoffrey Gatza's new work, Apollo a based upon Stravinsky's ballet. It is a surrealist's dream employing Marcel Duchamp, Dorothea Tanning, Leornona Carrington and Gertrude Abercrombie. The book will be released in the Fall, but here is your special chance! Hurray!
Based upon the ballet by Igor Stravinsky
A Conceptual Poem
by Geoffrey Gatza
BlazeVOX ballet presents
Apollo, a ballet by Igor Stravinsky
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 2013
At the Studio Center, Buffalo, NY
Orchestra conducted by Max Ernst
Feature trumpet soloist Dizzy Gillespie
Principal Dancers: Marcel Duchamp / Rrose Sélavy,
Leonora Carrington, Gertrude Abercrombie,
and Dorothea Tanning.
Choreography: Geoffrey Gatza
Seating starts at 5:30PM
Apollo, once titled Apollon Musagete, is a ballet by Igor Stravinsky and is based on the story of Apollo, as the conductor of the muses. The god instructs the muses in their arts and leads them to Parnassus. Stravinsky was commissioned to write Apollo in 1927 for a festival of contemporary music to be held at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C. Originally choreographed by George Balanchine, it is his oldest surviving ballet, and his first public success.
Choreographed for five dancers in definitively modern ‘black and white’ leotard ballet; this work has been revived by Geoffrey Gatza, his second work for BXB, as part of the Umbrella Project. In angular, contemporary choreography this striking and inventive performance is paired to a modernist score arranged and conducted by Max Ernst. Gatza states. ‘The ballet itself means nothing. It’s a conceptual piece about art and chess that will be a lot of fun.’
Although the score is based on ideas of Ezra Pound’s notions of poetry: Logopoeia, Melopoeia and Phanopoeia, neither the music nor the ballet itself makes specific or literal interpretation of these ideas. An understanding of these ideas was merely a point of departure for the choreography.
Author: Larry Sawyer
BlazeVOX Book: Vertigo Diary
Bio: Larry Sawyer has curated the Myopic Books Poetry Reading Series since 2005. With Lina ramona Vitkauskas he also edits milk magazine. Sawyer is also the co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics. His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including Action Yes, The Argotist (UK), The Boston Review, The Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Forklift Ohio, Jacket (Australia), The Miami Sun Post, MiPoesias, The National Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Prague Literary Review, Rain Taxi, Shampoo, Skanky Possum, Tabacaria (Portugal), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), Vanitas, Verse Daily, Vlak (Czech Republic), and elsewhere.
His collection Unable to Fully California is available on Otoliths Press. Sawyer has read his work at venues including the Bonk Reading and Performance Series in Wisconsin, the Chicago Printer’s Row Lit Fest, Columbia College Chicago, The Hideout in Chicago, Myopic Books, The Poetry Center of Chicago, Quimby’s, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.
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Hurray! It's Wednesday and we have a great video poetry reading for you again! Today we are sharing Kristina Marie Darling’s poetry reading for the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. Check out her several BX books, especially her forthcoming book, Brushes with. You can preorder it now! Hurray!
Author: Burt Kimmelman
It is Wednesday! And here is today's poem, David Hadbawnik reading three poems from his BlazeVOX book, Field Work: Notes, Songs, Poems. This was recorded for the BlazeVOX iPad Poetry Series for the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. Hurray!