Theremin Performance: Debussy and Baudelaire

Posted: 11/16/2008 1:33:02 AM

From: Santa Rosa, California USA

Joined: 7/25/2005

Hi, all!

New solo show coming up, in case you'd like to come see it. Theremin . . . pantomime . . . dirty French poems . . . ! Here's the blurb:

BAUDELAIRE: Love and Lust

Eliot Fintushel's newest performance piece, BAUDELAIRE (Love and Lust) opens at The Imaginists' A SPACE on Friday, November 28 at 8 PM in Santa Rosa, California.

Fintushel, a veteran actor and physical performer with a background in mask theater, pantomime, and improvisation, will perform eight poems from Charles Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil in both French and English. (They will include the banned poem "Les Bijoux.") Crystal balls will levitate, scarves will turn to snakes, and a golden octahedral box will produce smoking censers and a holy grail. Fintushel will also pluck music out of thin air (eight songs of Debussy) on the Etherwave Theremin, an instrument played without physical contact, by interacting with an electrostatic field.

Fintushel, a two-time winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Performer award, has been teaching movement and improv at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1991, and he is frequently seen as an actor on the local scene as well as touring to theaters, schools, and community centers on both coasts. He is a member of The Imaginists' Project 104, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of extraordinary new works and of old works in an extraordinary new light.

Says Fintushel: "I love Baudelaire because of his delicious contradictions. He is profoundly religious--his images are mainly drawn from Catholic ritual--and at the same time he is the bawdiest sensualist. His ecstasies come from the flesh and from the sky. Pure magic. The audience will be simultaneously illumined and debauched."

The newly opened A SPACE is in Santa Rosa's downtown Arts District, 461 Sebastopol Avenue at A Street. Shows Friday & Saturday, November 28-29 and December 4-5 at 8 PM, with additional shows on Sundays, November 30 & December 7 at both 2 PM and 8 PM. All tickets $12--seniors and students $7.

For further information contact Eliot at (707) 526-1481.

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