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In love, as in music, we find ourselves in a multitude of hazy, transcendental states, neither here nor there.

"We are enchanted, bewitched: we are in the realm of sleep, without sleeping; we are within the voluptuous infantilism of sleepiness: this is the moment for telling stories." So says Roland Barthes in his sweeping and ecstatic examination of human love, 'A Lover’s Discourse'.

Join us for a unique and transformative experience, as we pair Barthes’ vivid recitations with madrigals by Monteverdi, Rore and Gesualdo, in a compelling multimedia performance bound together by Pippa Murphy’s evocative new score. 

Roland Barthes - Excerpts from 'A Lover’s Discourse'

Madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi, Cipriano de Rore and Gesualdo

Nicholas Mulroy: Director and Tenor
Pippa Murphy: Composer and Sound Designer

Presented by Dunedin Consort

"I encounter millions of bodies in my life; of these millions, I may desire some hundreds; but of these hundreds, I love only once…" 

(Roland Barthes)

A Lover's Discourse

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