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Parsifal Unspoken: Ella Joseph Comes to Babeville

Accomplished
visual and theater performance artist Ella Joseph will be on stage at Asbury Hall performing
Parsifal Unspoken at Babeville (The Church,
341 Delaware Avenue) from 5-9PM on March 5th and 6th.

Parsifal
Unspoken is an experimental piece and personal interpretation of work from the
12th, 13th and 19th centuries. Joseph’s first
meeting with Parsifal (“sacred fest”, “drama in three acts by Wagner”) was in
1999 when she was a participant in the Wagner Forum Graz Festival. Since that
first encounter, Parsifal lingered in the back of her mind while she was busy
pursuing other projects.

Then
it shot to the forefront. “Four years ago, while visiting Asbury Hall, a raw space
undergoing renovation, the image of Parsifal strongly resurfaced in my mind,
bringing new excitement and purpose to my move to Buffalo, NY,” Joseph said.

Joseph
continued, “Parsifal represents the search for one’s true self in time and
space. Thus, became Parsifal Unspoken, a personal interpretation of Chretien de
Troyes’ Perceval, le Conte du Graal (late 12th century), Wolfram von
Eschenbach’s Parzival (first 13th century) and ultimately Wagner’s opera,
Parsifal (late 19th century).”

In
describing Parsifal Unspoken, Joseph defines it as “a large scale multimedia
performance, using non-spoken, abstract, metaphorical and minimal use of
elements to connote intent, event and outcomes.” 

Joseph
is an accomplished artist, holding one bachelor’s degree and two master’s
degrees. Her work has been shown throughout
Europe, Canada and the United States. In recent years,
Joseph has been active in the
Buffalo arts community as a
member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Western
New York Artists Group and the
Albright-Knox Collector’s Gallery.

Her
latest video installation has been featured at Hallwalls, the Buffalo
Infringement Festival
(2007-08), as well as ScenoArt Studio & Gallery, the artist’s residence.

Admission
for the event is $20 at the door, $15 in advance, and $10 for seniors and
students.
For tickets, call 716.882.0890 or e-mail info@scenoart.net.

 

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