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Monodrama world premiere set for Sept. 8-9

The world premiere of a monodrama for soprano and percussion, "Clotho," will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, in Hall Auditorium. The piece incorporates a live performance by soprano Audrey Luna (music) and percussionist Allen Otte with pre-recorded, computer-generated tape.

"Clotho" was commissioned by Luna. Otte and composer Mara Helmuth both are on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Luna received a master’s degree at CCM and is currently completing a doctorate there.

The piece will repeat at CCM on Sept. 28 and 29. The CCM performances are at 8 p.m. in Studio Theatre.

"Clotho" is subtitled "The Life of Camille Claudel" and will be sung in English and French. "Clotho" also is the name of a sculpture by the late 19th century French artist Claudel. The work includes dramatic scenes with a text based on letters written by Claudel, her brother Paul and Auguste Rodin, her lover. Other sources are newspaper articles and documents from the asylum where Claudel was committed for 30 years. These scenes are interwoven with poems from Charles Baudelaire’s "Les Fleurs du Mal."

Seating will be limited to the balcony of Hall as the main floor of the auditorium will be draped in white cloths to evoke the sterile atmosphere of Claudel’s asylum.

Tickets, $5 for Miami students and $6 for others, are available at the Shriver Center box office, 9-3200.

Date Published: 08/31/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 5

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