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Love v. Duty: Mark Morris’s “Dido and Aeneas”. March 24, 2016

Love versus Duty:
A Conversation about Mark Morris’s “Dido and Aeneas”

Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 4:00pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor of Northrop

Free and open to the public

Download: audio, small video, or original.

Queen Dido of Carthage is forsaken by her love, the Trojan Prince Aeneas, when he is reminded of his duty to establish a new city in Italy. From its origins in Greco-Roman myth, through Virgil’s epic poem, to Henry Purcell’s opera, the story of Dido and Aeneas, with its themes of love versus duty and the obligations to self versus leadership, has resonated through millennia. Our panelists will discuss the story of Dido and Aeneas in its incarnations in literature, music, and dance and will consider its relevance today. This discussion takes place one week prior to Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of Dido and Aeneas at Northrop on March 30 with live orchestra, chorus, and soloists, conducted by Mark Morris. Moderated by Sonja Kuftinec and featuring panelists Provost Karen Hanson and Professors Nita Krevans and Kelley Harness.

Provost Karen Hanson received her bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Minnesota in 1970. She went on to earn both her master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Harvard University in 1980. Prior to returning to Minnesota, Hanson served as provost at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University and executive vice president of that university from July 2007 to January 2012. Provost Hanson’s research interests are in the philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics, and American philosophy. She has published many articles and essays in these areas and is the author of the book The Self Imagined: Philosophical Reflections on the Social Character of Psyche and a co-editor of the book Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory. She has twice been elected to the executive committee of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and to the APA National Board of Officers.

Kelley Harness is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota. Her recent scholarly work concentrates on the interrelationships between music, theatrical imagery, and politics in 16th- and 17th-century Italy. Her work relies on musical analysis to reveal a composition’s allegorical messages and combines archival research and interpretive models from literary criticism, art history, and anthropology; her teaching reflects this interdisciplinary approach. Harness wants her students to master various tools in order to penetrate the expressive and intellectual layers of specific musical works. She is the author of Echoes of Women’s Voices: Music, Art, and Female Patronage in Early Modern Florence (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), as well as numerous articles in journals and collections of essays. Her current research focuses on references to musical performance in 16th- and 17th-century Italian plays. Prof. Harness at the IAS.

Nita Krevans is Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include Greek and latin poetry, Hellenistic literature, and the history of the book. Krevans was co-PI on a 2011 Minnesota Futures grant for a project entitled “The Data Deluge: Applying Data Processing Techniques Derived from Astrophysics Citizen Science Projects to Research Problems in Egyptian Papyrology”, about which she spoke at the IAS in December 2012.

Sonja Kuftinec is Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialization include performance and social change, community-based theater, theatrical facilitation in the Middle East and Balkans, 19th- and 20th-century American theater, history and literature, women in theater, performance studies, Balkan theater, and Cornerstone Theater Company. She is the author of Theatre, Facilitation, and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East (2009) and Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater (2003). Prof. Kuftinec at the IAS.

Morris speaks on the work’s conception.

This talk is cosponsored by Northrop. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS ( 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Mark Morris Dance Group in Dido and Aeneas. Photo © Susana Millman.

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