“Reveries about Language” is a series of immersive multilingual poetry recitals imagined as a multitude of sonic, visual and textual ‘promenades’ inviting the public to immerse themselves in the multi-sensorial experiences of poetry in English, French and Croatian in the space of the multilingual. These multimedia poetry events aim to show how the spoken word, sound and image can interact in an innovative way to create a series of ‘unbound’ expressions. They testify to the fact that poetry is, by nature, an interdisciplinary art form opening up new routes of experimentation and exploration of language in the multilingual, multimedia context.
The performances “Reveries about Language” in London and Zagreb are part of Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani’s project Unbound that received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants programme in 2018 and 2019. They are supported by Arts and Culture, Queen Mary University of London & the Cultural information centre, Zagreb.
Watch the “Reveries about language” short video (Pinter Studio, 20 March 2019, London) here.
Reveries about language, 11 December 2020, online poetry reading
This was a free online poetry reading of Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani’s multilingual poems in English, French and Croatian from the “Reveries about Language” collection. Recorded in London and Zagreb, the reading was streamed online, followed by a special live reading by two guests, Delphine Salkin & Isabelle Dumont invited by the poet to read with her. The event concluded with a panel discussion and questions and answers, hosted by David Caddy, Editor, Tears in the Fence, an independent and international literary magazine. To read more about the evening, visit the blog post. To view the short film, go here.
Reveries about language, 19 March 2020, Cultural Information Centre, Zagreb, Croatia – Postponed
This recital was postponed because of COVID-19 & has taken place online instead (see above).
Reveries about language, 3 June 2019, Worldmaking Live Festival, King’s College London
“Reveries about language” was performed at the Language Act’s annual event, Worldmaking Live Festival. Readers: Bridget Knapper, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani. Sound & graphic animations: Alo Allik.
Reveries about language, 20 March 2019, Pinter studio, London
The premiere of “Reveries” took place in London in March 2019.The evening began with a 50 min performance including readings of Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani’s poems in English, Croatian and French, interweaved with short animations and live encoded music created and performed by sound artist Alo Allik. The performance was followed by the book launch of Jasmina’s poetry collection Reveries about language containing poems performed on stage with an adaptation of Jasmina’s photography. The evening closed with a discussion led by Catherine Boyle and questions from the floor. A blog piece on the evening can be read here. The short video “Reveries about language” based on the evening premiere can be viewed here.
Co-directed by: Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani & Catherine Boyle
Sound & Graphic Animations: Alo Allik
Readers: Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, Pierre Elliott, Emily-Céline Thomson, Robert Šantek
Voice in Arabic: Jalal Sawalmeh
All images © 2015 – 2020 Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani.