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Galatea

A female statue made so irresistibly beautiful that he falls in love with it. Praying and praying to the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, with her divine intervention, gives life to the statue and the sculptor marries it. Her name, Galatea. But what about Galatea?

Galatea
Galatea

Time & location

22 okt 2023, 20:00

Touchstone Atelier, Oudegracht aan de Werf 427, 3511 AZ Utrecht, Netherlands

About the event

1st set Lida Brouskari, solo piano and electronics

2nd set ‘Galatea’ Vera Morais, voice Katerina Orfanoudaki, harpsichord

About the sets:

The ancient greek myth is the following. A sculptor, kind from Cyprus, carves a marble statue. A female statue made so irresistibly beautiful that he falls in love with it. Praying and praying to the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, with her divine intervention, gives life to the statue and the sculptor marries it. Her name, Galatea. (Γαλάτεια, she who is as white as the milk)

But what about Galatea? This white stoned statue, this white marbled woman?

Vera Morais (voice) and Katerina Orfanoudaki (harpsichord) will explore different perspectives on this story from the point of view of Galatea - through her eyes as through music - whilst raising questions about free will, about being an object vs. being a subject and ultimately about womanhood: how does it feel to be built to this man's ideal? How does it feel to be a statue? How does it feel to be a human? What IS a human?

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Leonora Carrington's surrealistic paintings and writings offer an inviting enviroment for an auditory exploration of acoustic and electronic textures. The story "Pigeon Fly!" written between 1937-1940, deals with themes of identity and art. Guided by an androgynous emissary, an unnamed woman is taken to a forest clearing where she's asked to paint a portrait of Célestin's recently deceased wife. After completing the painting, she's startled to see her own face in the artwork. The story parallels Carrington's own life: from her privileged upbringing in England to her rebellious move to France with Surrealist artist Max Ernst.

Lida explores with curiosity and playfulness the ideas of darkness and light, the loss of self and the control art can have over an artist. A solo set with piano and electronics.

Entrance: 5-10€

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