A multimedia performance from Bronislava Volková’s ten volumes of metaphysical and existential poetry, which have been recently published in Czech Republic by Pavel Mervart publishing house under the grant of the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Borns Jewish Studies Program of IU. A number of these books, as well as a CD are also available in English (see bronislavavolkova.com or amazon.com). The reading will be accompanied by violin improvisations and inserts of Russian, Jewish and Czech music played by Alexander Shonert. Excerpts from Bronislava Volková‘ s art work will be projected on the background. Refreshments will be served.
I. CASUALTIES OF THE NIGHT
II. ACCORDS OF FATE
III. EMPTINESS FILLED
Bronislava Volková is a poet, translator, collagist, Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literatures and former Director of the Czech Program at IU. She went into exile from Czechoslovakia in 1974 and has been residing in Bloomington since 1982. She has published ten books of existential and metaphysical poetry in Czech and several in English, two books on linguistic and literary semiotics, a large anthology of Czech poetry translations Up The Devil’s Back: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Czech Poetry (with Clarice Cloutier) and recently her collected poems were published in Czech in Czech Republic under the title Vzpomínky moře (The Sea Recalls). Her poetry has been widely reviewed and translated into nine languages. She has also written on a wide variety of topics, such as Czech poetry, Czech popular culture, issues of exile, gender, race, nationalism, prejudice and emotive signs. Since 2000, she is also active as a collagist and a director of multimedia performances of poetry. In 2009, she has received an “award for significant contribution to culture and scholarship” from the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in Prague and in 2012, she received an award for lifetime poetic work and a long term work for the cultural exchange among the Slavs by the Syndicate of Bulgarian Teachers in Varna. More information is available at www.bronislavavolkova.com
Alexander Shonert (b. in 1972 in Irkutsk) is a Siberian violin virtuoso, an absolvent of the State Conservatory of M.I. Glinka in Novosibirsk (the class of Professor A.V. Gvozdev). He obtained a doctor's degree at the same institution, and he is a laureate of many prestigious international awards, such as 2001 World prize of Antonin Dvorak, Prague, European prize of Gustav Mahler, Prague and 2003 International competition, Berlin. Since 1999, he has lived and worked in Prague, where he has received double citizenship (Czech and Russian) in 2010. He performs throughout the whole Europe, both as a soloist and as a guest soloist of philharmonic and chamber orchestras. He made a very successful debut in the United States in 2005. Alexander Shonert represents both the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation in various cultural events in the countries of the European Union (he represented the Czech culture at the European Commission in Brussels in 2009). Apart from his concert activities, Alexander Shonert is also a very successful violin pedagogue. He has elaborated his own teaching method that stems from the best traditions of the Russian violin school. His students play in various orchestras in Russia, Europe and the United States.
This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is co-sponsored by the Borns Jewish Studies Program, the College Arts & Humanities Institute, the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, and the Russian & East European Institute