A Lover's Discourse

20:00, 31 May

In love, as in music, we find ourselves in a multitude of hazy, transcendental states, neither here nor there. "We are enchanted, bewitched: we are in the realm of sleep, without sleeping; we are within the voluptuous infantilism of sleepiness: this is the moment for telling stories." So says Roland Barthes in his sweeping and ecstatic examination of human love, A Lover’s Discourse.

Join us for a unique and transformative experience, as we pair Barthes’ vivid recitations with madrigals by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Marenzio, a specially commissioned film by Arms & Legs, and Pippa Murphy’s evocative new score. Nicholas Mulroy: director & tenor Pippa Murphy: composer Arms & Legs: film Roland Barthes: Excerpts from 'A Lover's Discourse' Claudio Monteverdi: Rimanti in pace, Anima mia perdona, Ah, dolente partita Carlo Gesualdo: Ardita zanzarette, Ardo per te, mio bene Luca Marenzio: Tirsi morir volea, Dolorosi martir Pippa Murphy: New commission