'A Certain Sense of Order' Opera Performance and Q&A

Date and time

28 Apr 2018 17:00


The Damon Wells Chapel, Pembroke College, OX1 1DW

Please join us for a short opera and Q&A with the creators of 'A Certain Sense of Order', to be held in the Damon Wells Chapel on Saturday 28th April at 5pm.

A Certain Sense of Order is a work for two female singers exploring the American poet Anne Sexton. Using the text of a single poem—“For John, Who Begs Me Not to Inquire Further”—the piece reflects on Sexton’s life and work, including her practice of recording and listening to tapes of her therapy sessions. While reciting excerpts of the poem, the singers perform activities reminiscent of a variety of practices from Sexton’s life: writing at a typewriter, recording speech, listening to tapes. Transitioning between media, the singers manifest and mingle roles from the home and therapy room. Rather than a literal or biographical representation of the poet or her work, the piece is better understood as a performed poetic interpretation.

Created by: Sasha Amaya, Catherine Kontz, Naomi Woo
Performers: Rosie Middleton, Sarah Parkin with Dr Victoria Van Hyning (Pembroke College JRF).

This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information please contact the event organiser, Victoria Van Hyning