03 September 19:00 – 21:00

Serpentine Gallery
Pavilion 2010 by Jean Nouvel
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA
London, United Kingdom

More info The Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist, Etel Adnan convenes an evening of readings and music.

The evening will include readings from Etel Adnan’s poetry collection Seasons (2005) and her memoir In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2005). It will also include music from Gavin Bryars’ song cycle Adnan Songbook (1996), from his album Cadman Requiem (1998), which set a group of eight Love Poems from her coll…ection The Indian Never Had a Horse and Other Poems (1985).

Born in Beirut in 1925, Etel Adnan is a poet, essayist and visual artist who currently divides her time between Lebanon, France and the USA. She retired from a permanent teaching position in the late 1970s and now devotes herself to her art and writing. Adnan, is a powerful voice in feminist and antiwar movements and has published several works of poetry and fiction. Sitt Marie Rose (1978) a novel set before and during the (1975-1990) Lebanese Civil War, is translated into over ten languages and considered a classic of Middle Eastern literature.

Composer and musician Gavin Bryars was born in Yorkshire in 1943. He has composed for theatre, opera, visual arts projects and dance as well as for the concert hall, and has written three full-length operas. Albums include The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971), both re-released in 1998. Bryars and Adnan first collaborated on Robert Wilson’s operatic project, The CIVIL WarS (1984).

Park Nights

Park Nights is an annual series of music, theatre, performances, talks and film screenings stages on Friday nights in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, this year designed by Jean Nouvel. Park Nights culminates on the weekend of 16 and 17 October with Map Marathon, the latest in the Serpentine’s series of Marathon events, conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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Learn about the Nouvel-designed Pavilion and the Serpentine’s Pavilion programme.