LETTERS TO A SILVER STAR
a poetry performance
by Marina Kazakova (BE) & Sara Maino (IT)
with a contribution of Giorgio Briani’s music (IT), John Vandervelt’s vocals (USA) and Sara Maino’s (IT) live drawing
*The show is part of the ongoing PhD Research of Marina Kazakova at LUCA School of Arts/KU Leuven ‘Lyric Poem. A research on how the unique characteristics of lyric poetry can be expressed in an audio-visual medium’.
The show consists of a series of poems that are performed by the authors in a sequential order as a dialogue with music, live drawing and gesture.
I was struck by the importance of hands, during the performance at the Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival. Hands defined the space, carved out sculptures in the air, engaged in an act of translation and communicated like picture Braille.
Elizabeth Doyle, MA Ancient & Modern Literature TCD, English UCD, MA Drama Studies UCD, MA Journalism DCU, Writer, 2022
Closely observed, lyrically told, largely a meditation on stargazing. The dialogue of two poets moves from the South of Europe – Lake Garda, to the North – Mer du Nord, from Belgium to St.Petersburg, from St. Petersburg up to the stars as secrets unwind back through time until a puzzle is complete. The performance builds up a story obliquely, like a mosaic of sounds and colours weaved into a seamless whole.
Giuseppe Serpillo (Uni. of Sassari, Sardinia), 2022
This poetry performance is a powerful demonstration of how engaging reciting can be. It showcases literature in performance.
Desmond Egan, Irish poet, publisher and artistic director of The Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival, 2022
A moment of understanding, a passage to follow a star in the sky, a dialogue where dreams are shared and imagination takes flight.
Bruno Gaurier, Hopkins scholar and translator, 2022
A chapbook “Letters to a Silver Star” published by Editura frACTalia will soon be available at the webshop
A TALE OF TWO
poets in chiasmus
Marina Kazakova & Sara Maino
Sara Maino & Marina Kazakova
live poetry, sounds, music and video
We take a road through the favourite verses of great poets – alchemists from different centuries, as sparkles. You just need to listen – and we will hear the innermost secrets, learn about the muses of Sappho, Francesco Petrarca, Marina Tsvetaeva, Igor Severyanin, Joseph Brodsky. The answers to all our questions are stored in encrypted messages of poets, they contain the whole palette of human feelings, relationships and experiences – love and grief, resentment and forgiveness, sin and temptation. You can overcome whole distances without fear, and stop 5 millimetres from your fate – this is the discovery we want to share in our new performance through their voices and ours.
SO, WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION: A Two-Poets Show
The plot of “So, What Is Your Question” boils down to a dialogue between the two poets: Sara Maino and Marina Kazakova. The main conflict is the clash of the visible and the invisible, the inner and the outer, the internal and the external worlds.
First, we see the poet’s outer – the observer, who’s dreams, thoughts and imagination are verbal and out loud. Then, we see the inner, claiming its place and revealing itself through the smell, the emotion of fingers over a typewriter, through the poet’s eyes and, most importantly, through her magic interaction with the spectators. In the end, we try to feel the balance between the two: the visible (Marina Kazakova) and the invisible (Sara Maino), the poet and the spectator, us and the universe.
In this live poetry act, the artists display their instant thoughts on their creative relationship and why it and how it has unfolded the way it has, they come to see that there is a point within ourselves when we turn inward or outward in response to what we experience. The question is: when should we look inward for the power and when should we look outward – or maybe it is the synthesis of the two… In the closing part ‘I let my hands rain upon your trembling silencio’ the poets appear face-to-face, focusing our attention on the problem of the balance within ourselves, between each other, between us and the universe…