Decadent Plays

Alston, Adam; Desmarais, Jane H. and Meth, Jonathan. 2021. Decadent Plays. In: "Decadent Plays", The Albany, London, United Kingdom, 10 November 2021. [Performance]

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Creators: Alston, Adam; Desmarais, Jane H. and Meth, Jonathan
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While commonly associated with hedonism and excess, the word ‘decadence’ has a much richer set of connotations, including a taste for decay, delight in uncommon sexual and cultural practices, and the upturning of moral hierarchies.

For this event, we selected some of the most innovative scenes from Remy de Gourmont’s Lilith (1892), in a new translation by Dan Rebellato; the first act of Jean Lorrain’s Ennoïa (1905), translated into English for the first time by Jennifer Higgins; Djuna Barnes’s brilliant one-act play The Dove (1923); and a little-known text that was well ahead of its time by Izumi Kyōka called Kerria Japonica (1923). The curators and translators also offered short introductions to each of the performed texts.

The night was an unusual and expansive evening filled with femme fatales, sadomasochistic pleasures, queer desires, and the fall of humankind.

Contributors: John Joseph, Lauren (Performer); Ueda, Sadao (Performer); Naka, Yuriri (Performer); Sansom, Georgia (Performer); Stroud, Eric (Performer); Alston, Adam (Performer); Meth, Jonathan (Director); Rebellato, Dan (Translator) and Higgins, Jennifer (Translator)
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Generously supported by Arts Council England, with additional support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Keywords: decadent plays; decadent drama; decadent theatre; theatre and decadence; Remy de Gourmont; Jean Lorrain; Djuna Barnes; Izumi Kyoka
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Theatre and Performance (TAP)
Date range: 10 November 2021
Event Location: The Albany, London, United Kingdom
Item ID: 32596
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2022 14:10
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2022 14:10


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