The Villa Gillet & Happy Ending presents a night of PERSONA, as part of the WALLS + BRIDGES festival featuring Cecile Guilbert, Sarah Jones, Cynthia Hopkins & musical guest Cynthia Hopkins
What happens when an artist “goes public”, when a performer steps on stage? What is the transformation, the transmutation of the identity, from the person to the persona? The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series presents a special evening dedicated to the art, theory and practical application of persona. Through interwoven talks and performances, three dynamic guests – essayist Cécile Guilbert, singer and musician Cynthia Hopkins, multicharacter performer Sarah Jones – will investigate how artists strive to cultivate and expose the most elusive and intangible aspects of their public personas.
Cécile Guilbert writes essays, novels and literary critic. Written with a great liberty of tone, her highly personal and polymorphous work surveys the heritage of noted artists and writers. In Sans entraves et sans temps morts (2009), she shares her views on writing in a collection of brilliantly bold, literary ambitious essays. She was awarded the prix Médicis for her essay Warhol spirit (Grasset, 2008).
Cynthia Hopkins is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and theater artist. She creates and performs unique multi-media performance pieces which intertwine truth and fiction and have won her a host of awards, including the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been presented internationally, most recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Soho Rep and St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York; Les Subsistances in Lyon, France; and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Through the process of making performances, she attempts to alchemize disturbance into works of intrigue and hope which simultaneously stimulate the senses, provoke emotion, and enliven the mind. She has also produced eight albums with her band, Gloria Deluxe. She is currently at work on This Clement World, a new piece addressing the climate crisis.
Sarah Jones is a Tony Award® winning playwright and performer. Her multi-character, one-person show Bridge & Tunnel was originally produced by Meryl Streep and became a critically acclaimed hit on Broadway. Sarah is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, performing internationally as a Spokesperson on Violence Against Children. Fans of her work range from First Lady Michelle Obama, who invited Sarah to perform at The White House in celebration of Women’s History Month, to the Sesame Street audience that knows Sarah as Ms. Noodle from Elmo’s World.