Advertisement

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.”


Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV » editor@littlevillagemag.com

Advertisement

World of Bikes presents:

KEEP ROLLING THROUGH THE WINTER

Come talk with our experts about ways to stay on the bike this winter! Find out more at World of Bikes.

Get Started

Advertisement

Muscatine, Iowa

SHOP SMALL • SUPPORT LOCAL

Come to Muscatine for all your Holiday shopping and visit all of our unique and locally owned shops and restaurants!

Visit Muscatine

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.

Regular

$10/mo or $120/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.

Italic

$20/mo or $240/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.

Bold

$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
LittleVillageMag.com connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.