Benvenuto a Caffe Vivaldi



Chagall Performance Art Collaborative


Dennis Shafer and Diana Norma Szokolyai

Perform the music of Benjamin Britten, David Krebs, and Claudio Gabriele in the presence of the composer


With poetry by Diana Norma


Excerpt from the poem Vie secrète                                                             Pascal Quignard                       

Animation de l’âme                                                                                    Claudio Gabriele

The bird between the poet and Pessoa                                                            Diana Norma, music by David Krebs

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid (prelude poetry by Diana Norma)            Benjamin Britten

[poem] Secret names of plants

I. Pan, who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved

[poem] On the axis of blue dreams connected by blazing star flowers exploding from your fingertips

II. Phaeton, who rode upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt

[poem] For decades

III. Niobe, who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain

[poem] Light and shadow*

IV. Bacchus, at whose feasts is heard the noise of gaggling women’s tattling tongues and shouting of boys

[poem] In ancient woods

V. Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and became a flower

[poem] Language is composed of silence

VI. Arethusa, who, flying from the love Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain

Sleep                                                                                                            Diana Norma, music by Dennis Shafer


Arriflex                                                                                                            Claudio Gabriele



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*collaborative poem by Diana Norma and Rita Banerjee

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