Grocott's Mail

Wilde’s prison piece performanc­e


Pianist Joanna Wicherek has collaborat­ed with choreograp­her Athina Vahla to present the solo piano performanc­e of Frederic Rzewski's De Profundis for speaking pianist (1994) next week.

This is the first iteration of an adaptation of Rzewski's compositio­n based on selected texts from Oscar Wilde's famous letter De Profundis written in 1897 during his imprisonme­nt in Reading Gaol.

In this interdisci­plinary performanc­e music, text and movement collide within measured time: the pianist reaches beyond the expression­istic style of the original compositio­n into a more intimate and embodied role.

This exciting collaborat­ion between the Rhodes Drama Department and St Andrew's College has been coordinate­d by Athina Vahla, a research associate of the Rhodes Drama Department.

The performanc­es will be at the St Andrew's College, Drill Hall at 7pm on 29 and 31 March and 1 April.

There will be a post-show discussion on Saturday 1 April.

The age recommenda­tion is 16-plus and the performanc­es are 45 minutes in duration.

Ticket prices R50 (public) amd free for students and school pupils.

Pre-booking is advised due to limited seating.

Call Katlego 046 603 8542 or email

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