Reading: "Summer Maneuvers" by Reinaldo Laddaga

Date: Friday, 20 November 2009, 7–9 pm
Place: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
FREE. No RSVP necessary
Presented as part of Uqbar Foundation's exhibition "Zeno Reminder," currently on view at Cabinet


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Reinaldo Laddaga, associate professor of romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania, will read from "Summer Maneuvers," his libretto for a forthcoming musical theater piece made in collaboration with the composer Claudio Baroni and the artist Fabian Marcaccio. The text narrates a trip taken by a group of ragtag combatants who have planned to attack a hotel in a resort town whose name is not known. The group is never identified, and neither are their intentions. They bring with them a child whom they have found and who has become their talisman. The narrative describes a trip through a region that is poor and, in some ways, archaic. Towards the end of the narrative, they are ready to attack, but doubtful if there is anybody to attack: the place seems to have been deserted.

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