1. PEN American Center presents

    18 November 2013 at the Town Hall, New York

    With André Aciman, Michael Cunningham, Mark Doty, Olympia Dukakis, Craig Dykers (of Snøhetta), Edmund Keeley, Daniel Mendelsohn, Orhan Pamuk, Dimitris Papaioannou and Kathleen Turner


    00:00:00 / ITHAKA / recorded by Sir Sean Connery / accompanied by Vangelis
    00:00:50 / CAVAFY BEFORE HE WAS CAVAFY / by Michael Cunningham
    00:05:57 / IMPOSSIBLE THINGS / an excerpt from the 2nd movement of the work by Nico Muhly
    00:08:10 / LONGINGS / read by Harry Kremmydas / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    00:08:41 / A POET TRANSFORMED / by Daniel Mendelsohn
    00:10:26 / SWEET VOICES / read by Kathleen Turner / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    00:14:55 / VOICES / read by Olympia Dukakis / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    00:16:15 / POET ON THE PERIPHERY / by Orhan Pamuk / translated by Ekin Oklap
    00:24:00 / THE CITY / read by Olympia Dukakis / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    00:25:45 / ALEXANDRIA IRREALIS / by André Aciman
    00:34:33 / HUMAN CHAIN / by Craig Dykers
    00:47:40 / LOVELY WHITE FLOWERS / read by Kathleen Turner / translated by Edmund Keeley & Phillip Sherrard
    00:50:05 / BLOOD OF LOVE / by Mark Doty
    00:57:15 / THE GOD ABANDONS ANTONY / read by Olympia Dukakis / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    00:59:25 / RENDERING THE POET'S VISION / by Edmund Keeley
    01:05:55 / THE MIRROR IN THE ENTRANCE / read by Kathleen Turner / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    01:07:24 / PRAYER / extract from videos by Dimitris Papaioannou for 13 Cavafy poems set to music by Lena Platonos
    01:10:00 / DAYS OF 1908 / read by Olympia Dukakis, Harry Kremmydas & Kathleen Turner / translated by Daniel Mendelsohn
    01:13:00 / PRIMAL MATTER / performance of the finale from the work by Dimitris Papaioannou / with Michael Theophanous


    Concept: Daniel Mendelsohn & László Jakab Orsos
    Producer: László Jakab Orsos
    Director: Rachel Chavkin
    Production Design: Andrew Lazarow
    Lighting Design: Thomas Dunn
    Event Production: Elizabeth Weinstein
    Literary Scholar: Sarah Montague

    Special thanks to Suzanne Nossel, PEN American Center Executive Director.

    This event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in conjunction with the Onassis Foundation (USA) and PEN American Center.





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