Lecture: 'Bertsolaritza Renaissance and Recovery of the Basque Language'
February 7, 2018
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Room: E 24
UMass Amherst Campus
Handicap access available
Lecture and presentation by Maialen Lujanbio and Miren Artetxe titled “Bertsolaritza Renaissance and Recovery of the Basque Language.”
Part spoken word, part hip-hop freestyling, part a cappella singing and 100 percent improvisational, the tradition of bertsolaritza is a unique form of improvised poetry set to music. On a rare visit to the Pioneer Valley, Maialen Lujanbio and Miren Artetxe will be presenting in English and performing short demonstrations of the artistry of Basque improvised poetry. They will talk about the craft of improvisation, how the art form has changed, and the experience of being women poets in a largely male art form.
Join us for some artful singing and fascinating insights into how poetry is attracting young people of the Pyrenees to take an interest in learning Europe's most ancient "spoken word."