'Death in Full Bloom' Sojourn to Caravaggio's Italy and Beyond
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Location: Maleny Manor, Maleny,
Mixed Media Performance of Still Life Poetry Visual Art and Music
Words by Gershon Holtz Featuring performances by: Joan Benson, Penny Everingham and Paul Sherman
Sunday 4th June Maleny Manor 4pm Directed by Joan Benson & Gershon Holtz
Venue:- Maleny Manor Time:- 4.00pm Date:- Sunday June 4 Dress:- Up Refreshments:- Included Tickets:- $45 per person
Deriving its score themes first evident in Renaissance Italian Still Life Art, and presenting them in contemporary settings, Death in Full Bloom explores the concept of "Natura Morta" "dead nature". Natura Morta acknowledges the transient nature of beauty and life and the passing of all things in time. Like their classical counterparts Italian Renaissance artists were encouraged to capture "ut pictura poesis" - the poem in the picture - and "the poetics of affection" which also inspired music and poetry in Italy from the 16th century. Objects and scenes were chronicled by accurate pictorial representation and also displayed their allegorical, moral and symbolic significance.
Death in Full Bloom is comprised of 5 parts. The performance will comprise selections from each section in a one-hour program plus interval. Selected images of paintings and street scenes provide a visual counter-point to the performances which are also accompanied by music.
City of Blood Flowers. Ten poems take the audience on a tour of contemporary Venice as seen through Caravaggio's eye.
Millifiori. Millifiori means "a thousand flowers" and refers to a decorative glass making technique.
Antioch Challis. The themes of religious iconography and sacred objects are further explored in observations about the Antioch Challis.
Black Madonna. The concept of still Life object as icon is further observed as the universal symbolism apparent in historical representations of the Madonna and Child from their pre-christian origins to the adoption of the Marian beliefs by Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla.
Natura Morta. The final section of the work comprises responses to still life paintings by Caravaggio, Goya, Picasso, Chadin and local Brisbane artist Stephen Nothling.
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