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Lena Herzog: Last Whispers

2/24/2019 at 6:00 PM


Last Whispers is a multi-media event. A video / audio installation and a virtual reality experience—an immersive oratorio—dedicated to the extinction of languages.

"A very haunting and singular experience.” —Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker magazine and author of The Rest Is Noise

A Sundance Film Festival 2019 New Frontier special feature, Last Whispers 7 min VR, will be projected to the audience after the 46 min video / audio installation. This multi-media event will be followed by a panel discussion.

In Lena Herzog’s oratorio, image and sound are poetically linked through 3D animation, drone video footage, and still images in black and white. Composed of historical linguistic recordings punctuated by the sound of collapsing stars, Last Whispers is a chorus of extinct and endangered languages, both spoken and sung. This U.S. premiere is presented in partnership with the The Smithsonian as part of the Millennium Stage program series—at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Last Whispers was created in collaboration with The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme and The SOAS World Languages Institute, SOAS, University of London, and the participation of The Smithsonian, The Rosetta Project as well as other major world language archives.

Free general admission tickets--up to two per person—will be distributed in the States Gallery, beginning at 5 p.m.

This show will not be broadcast

Featured Artist(s)
Lena Herzog
Marco Capalbo
Mark Mangini

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