Title

Dido & Aeneas: Epilogue

Lead Author Major

Theatre Arts

Format

Event

Faculty Mentor Name

James Haffner

Faculty Mentor Department

Theatre Arts

Abstract/Artist Statement

The Epilogue for Dido and Aeneas is rarely performed in productions today. It was originally written for Josias Priest’s all-girls school in London 1688. Thusly, the epilogue was intended for that audience specifically. From an acting perspective, this speech is challenging to find congruency and relevance as a performance piece. It requires the actor to seek research on the historical aspects of the work in order to attack it from a believable dramatic place. As this is spoken word theatre, it is separated from traditional opera. To make it flow from the opera preceding it, dramatically, the actor has to be very truthful and specified in her choices. This can be a risky process as the actor delves deep into their imagination and consciousness to find relevancy and connectivity.

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: Epilogue

Choral Rehearsal Hall

The Epilogue for Dido and Aeneas is rarely performed in productions today. It was originally written for Josias Priest’s all-girls school in London 1688. Thusly, the epilogue was intended for that audience specifically. From an acting perspective, this speech is challenging to find congruency and relevance as a performance piece. It requires the actor to seek research on the historical aspects of the work in order to attack it from a believable dramatic place. As this is spoken word theatre, it is separated from traditional opera. To make it flow from the opera preceding it, dramatically, the actor has to be very truthful and specified in her choices. This can be a risky process as the actor delves deep into their imagination and consciousness to find relevancy and connectivity.