Emergence: Emily Dickinson – Aldeburgh Festival, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
June 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Nadine Benjamin – singer and Nicole Panizza literary scholar/pianist present a dramatised song recital devoted to the work of just one poet. Emily Dickinson’s concise and compelling poems rank as some of the finest in the English language. However, much of her life remains mysterious, misunderstood and enigmatic even today; one of the most celebrated American poets remained largely unpublished in her lifetime, and was a recluse who poured out a torrent of work from the sanctuary of her bedroom and yet able to capture essential truths of human existence.
Through simple staging featuring projected images and recorded sound, this is an anthology in song, tracking the evolution of Dickinson’s poetic thought and concept – from every day, mundane, repetitive activity (recipe, epigram, letter) to a broad account of her most central themes (death, love, nature, eternity, and spirituality).