Item description for Peter Greenaway: The Children of Uranium by Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway...
The hundredth anniversary of Einstein's discovery of the theory of relativity, the fiftieth anniversary of Einstein's death and the sixtieth anniversary of the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb inspired filmmaker Peter Greenaway and theater director Saskia Boddeke to create a multimedia spectacle that deals with the discovery, development, fears and tyranny of nuclear power.
For The Children of Uranium, Greenaway has created an installation based on the 92 elements of the periodic table, a scenography with original music by Andrea Liberovici, for a series of performances dedicated to Isaac Newton, founder of modern science; Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, who was looking for gold and instead found uranium; Madame Curie, victim of the powers of radiation; Einstein, who discovered relativity; Oppenheimer, who developed the atomic bomb; Khrushchev, corroder of Stalin's myth and enemy of Kennedy; Gorbachev, the Communist leader who defused the bomb; and George W. Bush. The book is more than a simple collection of texts and photos. Based on the imagery and the structure of the performance, it is another component of the project as a whole. Designed and conceptualized by Greenaway, it includes biographies of the major characters, the complete libretto and photographs and drawings associated with the performance.
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Studio: Charta/Change Performing Arts
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.1" Height: 11.4" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2006
Publisher Charta/Change Performing Arts
ISBN 8881586096 ISBN13 9788881586097
Availability 0 units.
More About Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway was born in Wales. He trained as a painter, and began working in the British film industry as an editor in 1965. He started making his own films in 1966, and has continued to produce paintings, novels, exhibitions and theatre and opera work. His 1982 feature, "The Draughtsman's Contract", received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an important filmmaker. His films include "A Zed & Two Noughts", "The Belly of an Architect", "Drowning By Numbers", "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover", "8 1/2 Women" and "A Life in Suitcases".