Kilian’s Antipodean Dream


Tuesday, 2013, May 14 - 19:30
Colin Black

Kilian’s Antipodean Dream

by Colin Black

14.05.2013 - 19:30h

Sala Polivalent UPF Poblenou
C/ Roc Boronat 138
Free admission

Kilian's Antipodean Dream (duration 51 minutes) is based on the true story of the Sorb (or Wendish) pastor Jan Kilian (1811-1884) who, to keep his Old Lutheran faith from the clutches of the Prussian government, dreamt of salvation in a foreign land. His initial emigration plan was to go to a continent of which he could have only had a very vague idea: Australia. To create this new work Black traveled to Kilian's homeland in Upper Lusatia (East Germany) and made location recordings of Kilian's churches, his home, interviewed Sorbs, researched historical documents and recorded Kilian's text on location. From this material Black composed what Deutschlandradio describes as an “akustisches Phantasma” [acoustic phantasm] of his own homeland: Australia, “einem schillernden Klangraum zwischen Imagination und Realität” [a shimmering sound space between imagination and reality]. In fact Jan Kilian never set foot on Australian soil, he changed his mind and emigrated to Texas (USA) in 1854 with 550 other Sorbian Lutherans.
Kilian's Antipodean Dream is also based thematically around Kilian’s famous 1846 Sorb poem “Zbudźenje za Serbow” [“Wendish Awakening”]

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with the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya: Departament de Cultura
Ajuntament de Barcelona: Barcelona Cultura
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
SGAE Fundación Autor