Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

22nd November 2017 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

In collaboration with the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation.

Having lived in some 40 residencies across Paris, Baudelaire was steeped in city life and his poems celebrate the extraordinary characters – real and imaginary - that swarmed its pullulating streets prior to modernisation.

So 150 years after the death of the original flâneur poet, come stroll with us and ponder the psychogeography of the city as we consider Baudelaire’s extraordinary impact and legacy.

We will be joined on our wander by modern day Flâneuse Lauren Elkin, Professors Helen Abbott and Matthew Beaumont, and actor Dylan Read.

Professor Helen Abbott of the University of Birmingham specialises in nineteenth-century French poetry and music and the work of post-romantic and symbolist poets. She is leading The Baudelaire Song Project.

Matthew Beaumont is co-director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the UCL Department of English. Matthew is the author of Utopia Ltd. (Haymarket, 2009), The Spectre of Utopia(Peter Lang, 2012) and Nightwalking (Verso, 2015). As well as being an academic and author, Matthew has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, ‘The Falneur – Walking in the City’ and regularly contributes to the Guardian.

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, a cultural history of women writers and artists who have found personal freedom as well as inspiration by engaging with cities on foot. As well as appearing as Radio 4’s Book of the WeekFlâneuse has also been published internationally, with its recent launch in the US in February 2017, where it was a New York Times Editor's Choice. Lauren is also an award-winning translator and novelist.

Dylan Read was born in Paris and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. His recent theatre projects include work with Wils Wilson at the Royal Lyceum (Cockpit), Ludens Ensemble (Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi and Macbeth: Without Words), Oceanallover (Not to Scale) and Blood of the Young (Secret Show 1; Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound). Dylan is a founding member of Théâtre Senza, with whom he has devised and toured Miraculi: Stories from Lampedusa; he is movement director for professional vocal ensemble Le Miroir; and co-artistic director of large-scale international ensemble GoodDog theatre co. In 2015, GoodDog devised a physical theatre performance exploring the visionary urban themes of Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris. Dylan will be performing a selection of Baudelaire's poetry in both French and English.



Photo © Daniel Oduntan
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