Intimate at The Englert: Kuldeep Singh’s “I Talk the Ziggurat”

Kuldeep Singh -- photo courtesy of Kuldeep Singh
Kuldeep Singh performs this summer at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. — photo courtesy of Kuldeep Singh.

Intimate at The Englert: I Talk the Ziggurat

The Englert Theatre — Sunday, Oct 19 at 6 p.m.

In I Talk the Ziggurat, a collection of performances spanning film, music, movement and visual art, the reference to the “ziggurat” (the ancient Mesopotamian terraced pyramid) was chosen for how it symbolizes the collective experience of performance. So explains the curator of the program, Kuldeep Singh, a multidisciplinary artist who is currently doing an MFA in painting at the University of Iowa.

“We’re forming this common hub where all these different performers from different cultures and idiosyncratic backgrounds are coming together to raise up this larger structure that has a massive visibility,” says Singh. “I think the ziggurat serves as a strong metaphor for that. It’s a collective ziggurat.”

The image of the ziggurat was also chosen by Singh because of how it can symbolize a center point between Eastern and Western cultures, a theme that is central to his own work and some of the other artists to be presented this Sunday. Singh’s performance in the program extends his work on this theme by exploring and representing the effects of colonial history on language and storytelling. In concert with an improvised musical performance by clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo de Souza, Singh will perform a reading of an English poem that is juxtaposed with gestures and movement that draw on classical Indian culture.

Also featured in the program is Nima Hamidi doing a performance that combines electronic music with the setar (a persian stringed instrument); Alexandros Spyrou performing a reading of a poem by the sixth century greek poet Sappho; Kelly Gallagher presenting a 16 millimeter film played in concert with a saxophone piece composed by Joshua Marquez; Kyle Peets performing a kinetic sculpture with sound; Hannah Morris presenting a piece in which dancers move in juxtaposition to Morris’s paintings; Frances Cannon doing live drawing projected onto dancers; Christie C. Anil presenting a performance of classical indian dance; and Heidi Wiren Bartlett, Jessica Pleyel and Christopher Yon doing a performance art piece involving food, entitled “Peaches and Dreams.”

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