Haiti’s Frankétienne to Perform in Edinburgh and Glasgow

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This is a reminder of two major activities featuring the work of Haitian artist and writer Frankétienne taking place in Scotland this week: the screening of Une étrange Cathédrale dans la graisse des ténèbres with a Q&A session with Frankétienne, led by Dr. Rachel Douglas at the University of Edinburgh; and a performance of Chaophonies—a dramatic reading of work by Frankétienne, accompanied by original music composed by Haiti-based musician Mark Mulholland—at the Alliance Française Glasgow. [Also see previous post Haitian Artist-Writer Frankétienne in Scotland.]

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Une étrange Cathédrale dans la graisse des ténèbres—Tuesday 18 March 2014, 5.30pm, University of Edinburgh, Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 3 (Building 49 on campus map: http://www.ed.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.20490!fileManager/campus_maps.pdf)

Join the university community for a special screening of a haunting film followed by a Q&A session with Frankétienne, star of the film. Evoking the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake of 12 January 2010, the film (Une étrange Cathédrale dans la graisse des ténèbres [A Strange Cathedral in the Viscous Darkness] directed by Charles Najman, with English subtitles, was shot in the earthquake rubble of the ruined Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. Shot in November 2010 to coincide with the Haitian Festival of the Dead, this requiem honours the more than 200,000 earthquake dead.

This is a free event and the location is to be confirmed. Frankétienne will be introduced and the Q&A session led by Dr. Rachel Douglas, author of Frankétienne and Rewriting: A Work in Progress. No booking necessary, but for further information, please contact Prof. Marion Schmid (Marion.Schmid@ed.ac.uk) or Dr. Rachel Douglas (Rachel.Douglas@glasgow.ac.uk).

ChaophoniesFriday 21 March 2014, 6pm, Alliance française Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, Glasgow, G3 6AX, Grande Salle (website: http://www.afglasgow.org.uk/franketienne-mark-mulholland.html)

Electrifying performance of Chaophonies–a dramatic reading of work by Frankétienne, accompanied by original music composed by Glasgow-born and Haiti-based musician Mark Mulholland. Acoustically, with a cacophony of voices rising out of the work, sound is used to echo the reverberations of the goudou goudou–the Haitian name for the killer earthquake of 12 January 2010, so-called because of the terrible earth-shattering noise it made. What can the role of art be in a time of disaster? Chaophonies heralds great changes, metamorphoses for Haiti to emerge phoenix-like out of the rubble. A magician with word, image, sound, and more, Frankétienne uses this work to present visions of great changes, and of Haiti emerging phoenix-like out of the rubble.

Tickets are free, but strictly limited, please contact the Alliance Française Glasgow on 0141 331 4080 or by sending an email to:culture@afglasgow.org.uk.

For more information, see http://talkingabouthaiti.wordpress.com, http://www.afglasgow.org.uk/franketienne-mark-mulholland.html, and http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/events/film-screening-with-franketienne

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