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Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
20 November, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This event weaves the life of Virginia Woolf as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries, including Liza Lehmann, Ethel Smyth, and Maude Valerie White. It considers how Woolf’s writing about her troubled childhood has often been excluded from representations of her life. The piece also builds on a growing awareness of how women’s work has been omitted from histories of music and the arts, the social and creative networks of professional women and the challenges they faced in the early 20th century.
Written and performed by Lucy Stevens, with pianist Elizabeth Marcus, this is a presentation of a work in progress. Sections of the piece will be intercut with discussion about its development and the archival research behind it.
‘Killing the Angel in the House was part of the occupation of a woman writer. Had I not killed her she would have killed me’ – Virginia Woolf.
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