Cultures in Harmony - Gessoit's Story (premiere) 8:00pmWarch Campus Center 204 - Cinema Screening of a short documentary film made over the course of three years as the result of a collaborative effort between BLUME Haiti and Lawrence's Film Studies Program.
Bavarian Opera Broadcast:<i>Lulu</i> by Alban Berg 11:00amCinema, Warch Campus Center With Bo Skovhus
Anyone who sees her is already lost and anyone who wants to kiss her will, sooner or later, get bitten. In droves, men are dashed to pieces on the apparently so cuddly Lulu as if she were the rock of the Loreley. Corpses pave her way, she is a femme fragile and a femme fatale all at the same time, the "prototype of a woman", the most lethal female figure in the history of opera. But it is only the glance of men that makes her into the personae in which we meet her: She creates the image of a woman he craves and on this constraining perspective the object of his lusts must again be destroyed. Alban Berg has described Lulu's path in subtle symmetry, with a score that bears within it the entire wealth of the history of music's form and colour.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Waseda and Exchange Student Farewell 1:00pmWarch Campus Center 204 - Cinema This ceremony will be a time for the Lawrence community to reflect on the year's experiences with one-year exchange students and to wish them well.
Bavarian Opera Broadcast:<i>Pelléas et Mélisande</i> by Claude Debussy 12:00pmCinema, Warch Campus Center Golaud finds Mélisande, a fairy-like figure, in a dark forest. When he addresses her she cringes and sings her first words almost without a voice: "Don't touch me!" Her fragility cannot be missed. Her origin and identity remain a mystery. Another intimate moment changes the future. Only a single glance between Pelléas and Mélisande and their fates are joined together: a forbidden love like that between Tristan and Isolde because Golaud is by now married to Mélisande. With Debussy's psychoanalytic tones one looks inward, into vagueness and invents a new world. As softly as the first act of Debussy's only completed opera begins, so loud was the echo of this work in the 20th century.