PAAAAAAroooooole in Libertà Futuriste

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Luciano Chessa. Photo: Brent Edwards

Concerts & Performances

PAAAAAAroooooooooooole in Libertà Futuriste (Futurist Wwwwwwoooooords-in-Freedom)

Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

Words-in-freedom (parole in libertà) poetry is one of the Futurists’ most significant artistic innovations. Freeing language from the constraints of syntax, these poetic and artistic experiments embraced onomatopoeia, differentiations in font weight and size, and pictorial arrangements of letters, numbers, and symbols. Operating as published poems and visual artworks, many such compositions were also intended to be performed aloud and were declaimed onstage at Futurist serate (performative evenings). Composer, performer, and musicologist Luciano Chessa performs declamations of selected words-in-freedom poems by F. T. Marinetti and Francesco Cangiullo as well as compositions by Carlo Carrà, Fortunato Depero, Paolo Buzzi, and Aldo Palazzeschi, among others. The performance includes a special presentation of Cangiullo’s Piedigrotta accompanied by Neapolitan folk instruments.

Followed by a reception and exhibition viewing of Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe.

$18, $12 members, $9 students