Many artists have adapted Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpieces into varied art forms - music, stage productions, films, and even cartoons. The legendary 19th-century author’s life and works continue to inspire young artists today, and on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., New York University student artists from the Tisch School of the Arts and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study will present a cabaret event, “PoeMotion: The Sights and Sounds of Edgar Allan Poe.” This special event takes place in NYU’s Kimmel Center, Shorin Auditorium (room 802), 60 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place). It is free and open to the public. For more information and to make reservations, call 212.998.6943.
Ten original, diverse pieces - including dance, drama, music, and animation - will illuminate Poe’s masterful poetics, arresting images, and the lingering legacy of his own mysterious life.
One romantic scene abstracts the poem “To Helen,” standing Poe’s language on its feet, while the seriocomic “Waiting for Poe” blends the styles of Poe and Beckett. Poe’s short stories and poems are represented through animation, spoken word, and a comedic POEwer Point. The PULSE Dance ensemble physically interprets the rhythm of Poe’s poetry while three musical ensembles, ranging from folk to rock, take artistic liberties with “The Telltale Heart” and “The Sleeper.”
“PoeMotion” marks the first student-conceived and conducted program in NYU’s biannual series that honors Poe’s history in Greenwich Village. It is sponsored by NYU’s Office of Community and Government Affairs and the NYU School of Law.