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Open Books — Carmen: A Gypsy Geography

Mar 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Theatre for a New Audience invites you to Open Books, a series of free evenings of lively, engaging conversation with the authors of some of American theatre’s most acclaimed new books. This Monday, March 14th, we welcome Ninotchka Bennahum, author of Carmen: A Gypsy Geography.

In Carmen: A Gypsy Geography, Ninotchka Bennahum traces the genealogy of the female Gypsy presence in her iconic operatic role: from her genesis in the ancient Mediterranean world, her emergence as flamenco artist in Islamic Spain, her persistent manifestation in Picasso, and her contemporary relevance on stage. Carmen, who has emerged as a cipher for the unfettered female artist, is here an embodied historical archive. The Gypsy dancer’s many-layered geography provides the book with a unique, nonlinear form that opens new pathways to reading performance and writing history. Through Carmen, we come to understand the promises and dangers of transnational identity, and the ways performance can be used as an expanded historical methodology.

Jonathan Kalb, two-time winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, will moderate, and the evening will include an audience Q&A and a meet-and-greet with the author. Books will be available for purchase (and to be signed). Complimentary food and drink will be served and TFANA Subscribers will receive 10% off all books with their Subscriber Card.


Mar 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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