ADAPTING HIS STORY: LOUIS RIEL IN HISTORY, DRAMA, OPERA, AND STAGING(S)

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   WITH LINDA AND MICHAEL HUTCHEON

ARCHI è lieto di annunciare che il 10 dicembre alle ore 12.00 presso la Sala Convegni del LILEC, Via Cartoleria, 5, Bologna, WeTell 2018 &  Story Telling & Civic Awareness Almaidea Senior 2017  in collaboration with CLOPEX (Centro Studi Sulle Letterature Omeoglotte Dei  Paesi Extraeuropei) presentano un evento speciale in lingua inglese.

La lezione di Linda e Michael Hutcheon sull’adattamento avuto in Canada dalla storia di Louis Riel a teatro, opera in altre rappresentazioni. L’ingresso è libero. L’evento è sponsorizzato anche da Performigrations e CanadaUsa.net

“Louis Riel (1844-1885) is one of the most problematic historical figures in Canadian history: a rebel hanged for treason to the new nation of Canada and a revolutionary leader of his Métis (Indigenous/settler mixed-race) people. Not surprisingly, both dramatic and operatic works based on this historical personage’s life turn out to be adaptations that are politically fraught and ideologically complex.

Louis Riel/Winnipeg c. 1860/70s
Credit to: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg Free Press

After exploring the specific theoretical issues of adapting any narrative to the operatic stage, this talk will investigate the difficulties—formal, technical, but also political and ideological—of adapting this particular historical narrative at different moments in Canadian history (1950, 1967, and 2017) for very different audiences.”

Linda (University Professor Emeritus, Dept. of English, University of Toronto) and Michael Hutcheon (Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto) have brought their very different professional expertise together with a shared love of opera—itself, arguably, a multi-disciplinary art form. The result has been collaborative interdisciplinary work on medicine, culture, literature, and music drama. Together, they have published several books including: Opera: Desire, Disease, Death (1996); Opera: The Art of Dying; Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten (University of Chicago Press, 2015.