Calligrammes is a new song cycle for soprano Ariadne Greif and composer/accordionist Albert Behar that celebrates the centennial of Guillaume Apollinaire’s visual poetry. Inspired by Dadaism, Futurism, and Cubism, Apollinaire set his poems in the shapes of doves, flowers, and clocks. Behar’s compositions bring Apollinaire’s poetic spontaneity into the musical realm, interpreting the zigzagging stanzas as a visual music score. Original costumes by designer Gretchen Vitamvas embed the poems into the very fabric of Ariadne’s evening gown and Albert’s three-piece suit. It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening of chanson and poetry.
Reception to follow. Free and open to public.
Support for this project has been provided in part by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, the Department of French & Italian, the Department of Music, and the Princeton University Art Museum.