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A carefully produced DVD of this "beautifully executed show" performed by its creator Barbara Neri in Manhattan at The Mazer Theater on August 21, 2005 as part of the NY international Fringe Festival. Selected because it is as an outstanding and definitive performance of the groundbreaking script and a seamless one-camera shot. Digital audio and video were professionally edited post-production and the DVD has play movie / scene selection options and five minute chapter markers for easy navigation. Enclosed in a DVD box with cover art by Barbara Neri. Price for Individuals is $55.00 U.S., Library and Institutions see below.

 

Go to Performance to read more about and see images of The Consolation of Poetry. Click here to Read Reviews. Read the synopsis and preview six minutes of excerpts from the 1:40 performance below.

 

 

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If you wish to purchase The Consolation of Poetry DVD for your archive, library or educational institution the cost is $110.00 US. Institutions recieve two boxed copies of the DVD, as described above, and are granted copyright release for public lending, viewing and educational use. Click on the Pay Pal button for Institutions (below) or contact us for an invoice. Note that the above 'Customer Information' also applies to institutions.

 

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SYNOPSIS

Upon awakening from a mysterious dream in 1995, contemporary artist Barbara Neri began reading the poetry and researching the life and times of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861). Neri embarked upon what she eventually called The EBB Project: a synergy of creative processes in performance, visual art and writing.

Focused on EBB's 44 Sonnets from the Portuguese, Neri became a published Barrett Browning scholar. In 2002 her performance portrait of Elizabeth emerged from the project. Called The Consolation of Poetry, in the performance Neri becomes the poet. This becoming is more complex than it seems and the many voices, speaking across time in monologue and dialogue both as video and live personas, reveal there is much to be considered.

Assisted by a dresser, Neri is adorned in beautiful, carefully researched reproductions of Elizabeth's mid Victorian garments. Along the way she performs a re-visioning performance of "Sonnet 43." EBB's penultimate love sonnet with its oft-quoted opening line ("How do I love thee? Let me count the ways") has been used to the point of derision. With the record set straight, the becoming is completed, and Elizabeth is present offering the consolation and wisdom of her life and work. Total running time: 1:40

 

 


 

 

 

The Fall 2003 issue of The Drama Review containing the script for The Consolation of Poetry, is sold out. You may link to MIT Press Journals to acquire a copy of the 2003 script: click here to download a copy. You will be taken to 'The Drama Review' MIT Press Journals page where you can scroll down and find "The Consolation of Poetry" and order a PDF for $12.00. The EBB Project does not profit from this and we provide this link as a service for you. You may also contact your local or university library and find the copy of TDR.