Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Living Texts Research Group Seminar-Screening: The Last Songs of Lucan/Les Derniers Chants de Lucan
Roaming the streets for ideas and characters, Lucan – the film’s poet-protagonist – imagines a series of surreal theatrical vignettes that expose the absurdities and hidden violence of modern city life.
Film-makers Ryan Kiggell and Olivia Rose took inspiration from Charles Baudelaire’s prose poetry in Le Spleen de Paris [Paris Spleen]. The film was devised in London and Paris over 10 days in collaboration with GoodDog Theatre Company, a multinational ensemble of theatre-makers trained at Jacques Lecoq’s International School of Theatre. Using found spaces and homemade masks, each film-poem was devised and shot in just a couple of hours. The 17-minute piece has a percussive score by composer Jamie Misselbrook.
Speaker: Ryan Kiggell is a theatre- and film-maker, teacher and actor. He is currently directing a production of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt at E15 Drama School. With his own company, aya, he has made Darkness Spoken (Southbank Centre, London), Peter Handke’s Kaspar (Southwark Playhouse, London), and George Orwell’s Burmese Days (59e59, New York). As an actor, he has toured extensively with the theatre company Cheek by Jowl, and starred in numerous productions in the West End and abroad. He also appears regularly on screen, and has worked with filmmakers such as Stephen Poliakoff, Mike Figgis and Joe Wright.
The film can be enjoyed without knowing French. The discussion with the film-maker will be in English, and will involve undergraduates from the French second-year module on ‘Modernity and Disenchantment’, in which Baudelaire’s verse poetry is a primary text.
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