Since the beginning of the 00s, the literary performance and the public poetry reading has risen as a more and more significant part of the contemporary literature. With the event series PERFORMANCE LITERATURE at KUNSTHAL AARHUS, a number of authors are presented who have had an impact on the literary event or who marks a special literary voicing in contemporary Danish literature. The seventh event presents the two award-winning poets Marianne Larsen and Harald Voetmann.
Marianne Larsen (b. 1951) made her debut with 'Concentrations' in 1971 and has since published more than fifty works. Marianne's poems manage to embody and give a consciousness to the inner parts of the poem – the lyrical sentence and rhythm. In an always unexpected pointing with the flashlight, hitherto unknown dimensions and connections between language, memory and reality appears. Most recently, in 2021, she published the collection of poetry entitled "the morning I happened not to be an insect in September", for which she received Kritikerprisen and Frit Flet-prisen. In 2022, she received the Danish Academy's Grand Prize.
Harald Voetmann (b. 1978) made his debut with the ‘Caprices' in 2000, and has been rising steadily since, e.g. with the three critically acclaimed historical novels 'Awake', 'Everything under the moon' and 'Temptations' and the poetry collection 'Amduat - an oxygen machine'. The writing of Harald Voetmann is characterized by the clash between the smelling bulging corporeality, the sphericality of natural science, the soggy and cloying aspects of the human animal and History. His texts often have an affiliation with older text genres, structures and ideas such as the textual forms of Antiquity and European Middle Ages. Most recently, in June and August 2022, he published two new books, entitled 'Letters of the parasite' and 'Letters of the heteara'.
Link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504008284857445
This event is a part of the project Performance literature: stage and archive. Throughout various initiatives the project aims to investigate what poetry readings can state as a literary form of expression, and the project ensures that the reading is documented and preserved for posterity. The project is funded by the Statens Kunstfond and Aarhus Kommune and is carried out in collaboration with KUNSTHAL AARHUS and the Royal Danish Library.