I WAS BORN FOR THIS NESTING THE IMPACT OF JOAN OF ARC IN MUSIC, ART, AND FILM
The first Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama at Notre Dame focused on Joan of Arc, and how the personal vow of an apparently undistinguished person can change history. The figure of Joan of Arc has been adopted as a symbol of contradictory causes. It has also inspired innumerable works of art.
Through the activities of the interdisciplinary sacred music drama "I Was Born For This," students, faculty members and guest artists experienced the practice of "nesting", by which one work of art virtually inseminates and generates another, as if evoking how the actions of Joan of Arc herself inspired diverse social movements in modern history.
An original work of art emerged, the sculpture "Murmuration: I Was Born For This".
ELIJAH, OR THE JEWISH ARTIST IN THE WESTERN WORLD
Anchored by the performance of Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah with distinguished Metropolitan Opera baritone Nathan Gunn in the title role, the second Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama focused on the critical but unique insights of Jewish artists in the Western world.
Starting with a discussion of Mendelssohn's own synthesis of Lutheran doctrine and his grandfather Moses Mendelssohn's rabbinical philosophy, scholars and students participated in a series of public and class lectures and artistic events including a series of parallel faculty and student projects and a book now in progress. The prophet Elijah has represented both historical developments for the Jewish people, and archetypical representations of the power of God over Nature. For some Elijah also symbolizes the artist who is able to create a better world.
JOURNEYING LA DIVINA COMMEDIA DESERT, DISCOVERY, SONG.
An International Dante Project
Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, the Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama Project at Notre Dame will create a new original work, with a libretto by major Dante scholar and translator Robin Kirkpatrick (University of Cambridge) and original music by composer Robert Kyr (University of Oregon).
Alongside artistic and music director Carmen-Helena Tellez (Notre Dame) and distinguished stage director Anton Juan (Notre Dame), the Dante Project has recruited the co-creative participation of several Notre Dame faculty and student artists.
The project explores expressive spaces in the campus of the University of Notre Dame, addressing the relationship between performance, architecture, natural environment, and the daily flow of student life.
The Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Dramas have exerted a transformative influence in Notre Dame. New collaborations have emerged between faculty and students of diverse departments, and students have begun creating interdisciplinary projects of their own. New works of art now exist beyond the performance of the dramas, and a more fertile ground exists for future permanent interdisciplinary initiatives, now under discussion.
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Prof. Carmen-Helena Tellez, Artistic and Music Director
Dr. Daniel Stein, Postdoctoral Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance
Notre Dame Faculty Advisory Committee
Prof. Peter Holland, Associate Dean for the Arts, Chair
Prof. Margot Fassler, Director, Sacred Music at Notre Dame
Prof. Don Crafton, Film Studies
Prof. Susan Ohmer, Modern Media
Prof. Richard Gray, Fine Arts
Prof. Louis MacKenzie, Romance Languages and Literatures
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