International Symposium: Un dialogue de sourd
to 27 Apr

International Symposium: Un dialogue de sourd


This two-day symposium will bring together Barthes and Beckett scholars to discuss these two iconic twentieth-century figures.

‘Waiting’, ‘Silence’, ‘Fade Out’, ‘The Absent One’: these figures from Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse (1977) are some of the most recursive tropes and preoccupations of Samuel Beckett’s fictional, dramatic and poetic œuvre, just as the latter is, quite plausibly, an essential constituent of the cultural ‘Image-repertoire’ on and within which many of Barthes’s own discursive writings operate. And yet, kinship between these two iconic twentieth-century figures — nourished in turn by a dense network of shared cultural, intellectual and political influences — has remained latent at the very best.

“Samuel Beckett and Roland Barthes: a ‘dialogue de sourds’” is the first academic conference of its kind to provide the means for this dialogue to finally take place and be heard. True to the conjunctive spirit of its title, the two-day symposium will bring together Barthes and Beckett scholars to facilitate, from our contemporary vantage point, a belated and overdue conversation between the writers.

Location: University of Leeds - English (Alumni Room) House 10 Cavendish Road
Cost: Free

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A Portrait of Jean-Philippe Rameau
3:00 pm15:00

A Portrait of Jean-Philippe Rameau

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We are very proud to recommend a great concert about the famous French composer

Jean-Philippe Rameau 

from our partner Leeds Baroque, with a discounted price for our members !

A Portrait of Jean-Philippe Rameau

A musical portrait of Bach and Handel’s great French contemporary. The programme brings together his superb early grand motet ‘Quam dilecta tabernacula’ with a cross section of his theatrical music. We include the colourful overture to Pigmalion (1748), in which the sculptor can be heard hammering away at his statue, superb haute-contre solos from Dardanus (1744) and Castor et Pollux (1737) sung by the distinguished tenor Nicholas Sales, and a grand choral and orchestral chaconne from Les fêtes de Ramire (1745), a setting of Voltaire. We also explore Les Indes galantes (1736), a ground-breaking evocation of love and conflict in various exotic climes. We match the majestic and dramatic Adoration of the Sun from ‘Les Incas de Perou’ with the peace-pipe ceremony from ‘Les sauvages’, set on the north American plains – a brilliant choral and orchestral reworking of a harpsichord piece Rameau wrote after witnessing two American Indians performing in Paris in 1725.

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) est l’un des plus grands compositeurs français. Pour ce concert, Leeds Baroque, chorale et ensemble d’instruments anciens sous la direction de Peter Holman et avec l’artiste invité Nick Sales (haute-contre) présentera un portrait en musique de ce grand compositeur contemporain de Bach et Händel. Le programme réunit son superbe grand motet « Quam dilecta tabernacula » et un échantillon de sa musique théâtrale. Il comprend l’ouverture haute en couleurs de Pigmalion (1748) au cours de laquelle on entend le sculpteur marteler sa statue, de magnifiques solos hautes-contre de Dardanus (1744) et de Castor et Pollux (1737) interprétés par le brillant ténor Nicholas Sales, et une superbe chaconne des fêtes de Ramire (1745 –livret de Voltaire) avec chœur et orchestre. Nous explorons également Les Indes galantes (1736), évocation sans pareille de l’amour et des conflits sous des cieux exotiques.

Sunday 4th March 2018 at 3pm (2:15pm pre-concert talk by Prof. Graham Sadler)

@Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds

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