“Reveries about Language” are 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 performances aim to show how the spoken word, sound and image can interact in an innovative way to create a series of ‘unbound’ or free 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 are funded by Language Acts and Worldmaking  and supported by the Cultural information centre, Zagreb & Queen Mary University of London.

Watch the “Reveries about language” short film (Pinter Studio, 20 March 2019, London) here.

UPCOMING:

  • REVERIES ABOUT LANGUAGE, 19 MARCH 2020, CULTURAL INFORMATION CENTRE, ZAGREB, CROATIA – POSTPONED


PAST PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • REVERIES ABOUT LANGUAGE, 3 JUNE 2019, WORDMAKING LIVE FESTIVAL, KING’S COLLEGE LONDON
Top: Alo Allik, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, Bridget Knapper. Bottom: exhibition space, Reveries about language
  • REVERIES ABOUT LANGUAGE, 20 MARCH 2019, PINTER STUDIO, LONDON

“Reveries about language” that took place in London on the 20 March 2019 was the first in the series of immersive multilingual poetry recitals of “Reveries” based on Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani’s multilingual poetry. The evening began with a 50 min performance including readings of 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 my new poetry collection Reveries about language containing poems performed on stage with an adaptation of Jasmina’s photography (also featured in the collection) in Alo Allik’s animations.

The evening closed with a very interesting and engaging discussion between Catherine Boyle, the rest of the creative team and the poet on the questions of her multilingual poetry and its relation to the image, the “tension” between different languages read on stage, as well as the individual experiences of each of the creative team members of working with different languages in Jasmina’s poetry read on stage. Both the team members and the members of the public said how much they enjoyed hearing a language and/ or working in a language they do not understand. A blog piece with Jasmina’s reflections on the evening can be read here. The short film from the first Reveries recital can be viewed here.

Creative Team:
Alo Allik: Sound Artist
Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray: Co-director, Poet; Reader (Croatian, French, English); Voice on pre-recorded poems
Catherine Boyle: Co-director
Pierre Elliott: Reader (French, English)
Emily-Céline Thomson: Reader (French, English)
Jalal Sawalmeh: Voice in Arabic
Robert Šantek: Reader (Croatian, French, English)

All images © 2015 – 2020 Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani.