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Poetry Reading: Caves

When: Wednesday, 16 August 2017 - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Origins Centre Museum
Start time:18:00

Italian poet and writer Gabriele Tinti will present the poetry reading, Caves, which is the result of his veneration for images.

He has composed a series of poems inspired by pre-historic art. The reading comes within the writer’s overall project focusing on the masterpieces of the ancient world and prehistoric art. Besides reciting his ekphrastic poems in English, Tinti will show some video of readings of his verses that actors did in some of the most famous Museums worldwide like MET, LACMA, Getty Museum. His poems have been performed by actors like Joe Mantegna, Michael Imperioli, Burt Young, Alessandro Haber, Robert Davi, Vincent Piazza and Franco Nero. His work focuses on the subject of death and suffering and is mainly composed in the form of lucid and epigrammatic poetry. The humanity sung in his writings is the dramatic life of boxers, suicides, defeated heroes and the disabled.

The event, organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria in collaboration with the Origins Centre and the University of the Witwatersrand, will also see the participation of South African actors Tony Kgoroge, renowned worldwide for his acting roles in Hotel Rwanda (2004), Invictus (2009), Blood Diamond (2006) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), and Renos Spanoudes, well-known actor on the local TV and theatre circuits.


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