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Indy to host American music premiere of 'Ancient Mariner'

Tim Hardy
Tim Hardy


August 28, 2012

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" will come to life as the second installment of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute’s  2012-13 lecture and performance series.

Internationally acclaimed actor/director Tim Hardy, of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, performs as the lone survivor recounting a tragic sea voyage in the American premiere of "The Ancient Mariner," a dramatic music production inspired by Coleridge’s work.

The piece, co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Art, takes place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Crystal Terrace Ball Room at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle.

”The Ancient Mariner" retells Coleridge’s gripping and compelling story through a sequence of songs and musical scenes sung as solos. Award-winning composer Geoff Page has created an impressive body of musicals that include "Academy of Death,” “A Christmas Carol” and "The “Signalman.” Pianist Rebecca Edie accompanies Hardy as soloist.

“Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is one of the great works of poetry in the English language. It represented a new style of writing, and it was pivotal in defining the modes that we associate with Romanticism,” said Jason Kelly, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute director and associate professor of British history at IUPUI.

“Geoff Page's score attempts to capture the deeply psychological nature of the original. The music is at times brooding, terrifying and thrilling. Tim's skills as a singer and an actor mean that the piece is more than just a work of music. In many senses, it is a work of theater, and I am sure that audiences are going to find it very exciting,” Kelly said.

Hardy, the 2012 artist-in-residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the Opera Music Theatre London and at prestigious theaters across the United Kingdom and Europe. He has narrated more than 300 television documentaries, and his extensive directing credits include "Romeo and Juliet,” “Twelve Angry Men” and “The Crucible.”

Previously, Hardy came to Indiana in 2009 for a residency sponsored by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and the Department of English, part of the School of Liberal Arts. He premiered the play "Galileo" by Nic Young and gave the Barlow Lecture. Since then, Butler University and Notre Dame have hosted Hardy for residencies.

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute serves as a liaison between IUPUI and the greater Indianapolis community, supporting collaborations and running public programs such as lectures, performances, and a film series. The institute also supports interdisciplinary faculty research and creative activity in the arts and humanities at IUPUI.

“With the creation of the new IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, this seemed the perfect time to bring Tim back to campus to become the first IAHI artist-in-residence,” Kelly said. Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts Dean Ron Caltabiano "agreed that this was a great way to bring the universities together and highlight the creation of the IAHI.”

Tickets for "The Ancient Mariner," available online,  are $25 general admission and $15 student admission. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Note to editors and reporters: Tim Hardy is available for media interviews the week of the performance. To arrange an interview, contact Diane Brown at 317-274-2195 or