4 October 2017 – Casting Race on Stage and Screen
This event led by Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews) explores casting in relation to race and ethnicity, the opportunities and challenges through interviews with actor Satya Bhabha and Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker, who sings a short a cappella excerpt from Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker is a mezzo soprano, and the first African American to sing in all four operas of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Satya Bhabha’s film credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010), and Midnight’s Children (2012). Julia Prest is writing a book entitled Master, Slave and Free: Theatre and Citizenship from Colonial Saint-Domingue to the Founding of Haiti (1764-1804).
25 October 2017 – Burns and Hafaz
Separated by four centuries and over 4000 miles, by culture, by history, by religion, by language. Burns and Hafez can’t really have anything in common – can they? The key poems and songs of the two Bards are sung, recited and acted, accompanied by Santoor, Guitar, and Bass, together with a bit of context and discussion. For those who don’t understand Persian – or 18th century Scots – we have English subtitles. A Talking Sheep production with Mark Meiklejohn, Mark Percival, Valerie Sim, Parmis Mozafari, Lucy Deacon and Manijeh Zargar.
1 November 2017 – Byre World’s Poetry Pop-Up with StAnza and the Poetry Forum
Four performers from the University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages, StAnza and the Poetry Forum come together to showcase their work. The event will mainly be in English but come ready to be enthralled and entertained by some language-crossing and culture-clashing rhymes. After each poet performs their work, they will take part in an audience discussion to delve deeper into the process of writing poetry across different languages.
Christine De Luca: Journeys
Harry Giles / Aurélia Lassaque
Annie Rutherford and Rebecca DeWald / Nora Gomringer
15 November 2017 – Representations of the Holocaust in Eastern Bloc Cinema
Film screening of Jacob the Liar (dir. Frank Beyer, 1974) with introduction by Professor Sean Allen (University of St Andrews) and a post-screening discussion.
29 November 2017 – An Evening with Austrian Author Erwin Uhrmann
Ich bin die Zukunft / I Am the Future – An Evening with Austrian author Erwin Uhrmann (in German and in English) with translation by Rachel Hildebrandt. Austrian author Erwin Uhrmann will read from his book Ich bin die Zukunft (published in 2014) and Andrew Cusack will read from the English translation, I am the Future. The readings will be followed by a conversation in English about the translation and content of Erwin’s book with Andrew Cusack and Kirsten Mericka from the Department of German, University of St Andrews.
13 December 2017 – Theeb (dir. Naji Abu Nowar, 2014). Film Screening and Discussion
Theeb, Arabic for wolf, is a Jordanian Arabic language film directed by Naji Abu Nowar. The film is about a young Bedouin boy, named Theeb, who must fend for himself and survive in the Wadi Rum desert. Taking place during the First World War and after the Great Arab It takes place against the Ottoman empire. It will be introduced by Dr. Fabio Caiani (Arabic Department). It will be followed by a Q&A.