Title

Dido & Aeneas: Act II

Lead Author Major

Theatre Arts

Format

Event

Faculty Mentor Name

James Haffner

Faculty Mentor Department

Theatre Arts

Abstract/Artist Statement

The production of Dido and Aeneas Act 2 was inspired by a recent reading of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, and the Marxist theory of the bourgeoisie and proletariat. Drawing upon studies in cultural anthropology and Marxist theory, there was a discovered divide between the two cultures represented in the opera - a bourgeoisie and proletariat divide. In this interpretation the story is set in 18th C France, on the cusp of the French Revolution. Dido and Aeneas are represented as French bourgeoisie inspired by King Louis and Marie Antoinette. The main idea of the piece was to emphasize the disparities and blind oppressive nature of the rich upon the poor, and to inspire a new interpretation of the opera.

Location

Choral Rehearsal Hall

Start Date

29-4-2015 6:00 PM

End Date

29-4-2015 8:00 PM

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Dido & Aeneas: Act II

Choral Rehearsal Hall

The production of Dido and Aeneas Act 2 was inspired by a recent reading of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, and the Marxist theory of the bourgeoisie and proletariat. Drawing upon studies in cultural anthropology and Marxist theory, there was a discovered divide between the two cultures represented in the opera - a bourgeoisie and proletariat divide. In this interpretation the story is set in 18th C France, on the cusp of the French Revolution. Dido and Aeneas are represented as French bourgeoisie inspired by King Louis and Marie Antoinette. The main idea of the piece was to emphasize the disparities and blind oppressive nature of the rich upon the poor, and to inspire a new interpretation of the opera.