visual and theater performance artist Ella Joseph will be on stage at Asbury Hall performing
Parsifal Unspoken at Babeville (The Church,
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.
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.
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).”
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.”
is an accomplished artist, holding one bachelor’s degree and two master’s
degrees. Her work has been shown throughout
Joseph has been active in the
member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Western
Albright-Knox Collector’s Gallery.
latest video installation has been featured at Hallwalls, the Buffalo
Infringement Festival (2007-08), as well as ScenoArt Studio & Gallery, the artist’s residence.
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 email@example.com.