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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Invitation to a theater performance: URANIA: The Life of Emilie du Chatelet, July 25 & 26 (Chicago)
Invitation to a theater performance: URANIA: The Life of Emilie du Chatelet, July 25 & 26
Urania, in Ancient Greek (meaning 'heavenly' or 'of heaven') was the muse of astronomy and a daughter of Zeus. She is associated with Universal Love and the Holy Spirit. She inherited the power and majesty of Zeus and the beauty and grace of her mother, Mnemosyne (the personification of Memory,
daughter of Uranus and Gaia,
and the mother of the Nine Muses.)
who are most concerned with philosophy and the heavens are dearest to
Urania. Those who have been instructed by her she raises aloft to
heaven, for it is a fact that imagination and the power of thought lift men's souls to heavenly heights.
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS
A TWO NIGHT PRODUCTION OF
"URANIA" BY JYL BONAGURO
A tragicomedy of the life of Emilie du Châtelet,
female mathematician, scientist and lover of Voltaire.
Friday, July 25
Pre-show Book Signing: 6pm
Saturday July 26
Free with RSVP ** 2 Nights Only
716 N Wells St. Chicago, IL @ Hilton Asmus Contemporary
Chicago - The life of a female intellectual largely forgotten
by history emerges in a new play based upon the book, Emilie Du
Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment by biographer Judith Zinsser. Urania plunges us back into 18th-century
France, where courtly manners were strict and scientific reasoning was
the new vogue. It portrays how, after falling in love with Voltaire, Du
Châtelet transformed from a social dilettante into one of Europe's leading scientific and philosophic minds.
aside by history, Du Châtelet is only recently being recognized as
contributing to famous formulas like E=mc2. Unlike the generally more
light-hearted dramatic adaptations of her story to date, Urania takes
a modern approach that balances her unsung achievements with the
nuances of her relationships and the constraints of 18th century
attitudes towards women.
performances will be held at the Hilton Asmus Contemporary Gallery.
Owner and artist, Arica Hilton, will be creating an original painting
for the stage backdrop from her Luminism series. On Friday, there will
be a pre-show book signing with author Judith Zinsser and playwright Jyl
Bonaguro. On Saturday following the show, a brief Q & A will follow
with Arica Hilton, Director Eileen Tull, Assistant Director Amber Lee
Olivier, and Jyl Bonaguro.
will be accepted through the generous support of 3 Crazy Ladies, Inc.
and Art sales from performance evenings will benefit future productions
of Urania. Costumes provided through Chicago History Museum's Katy
Werlin, Curatorial Assistant & Dramaturge.
the past 40 years, study after study has addressed why more women do
not become scientists. The question is most apt for physics.... Zinsser
debunks legends about the life and loves of the vivacious and unorthodox
18th-century French noblewoman Marquise du Châtelet and analyzes her
contribution to physics." ~ Scientific American
Jyl Bonaguro, Playwright Ellen Dunphy, Emilie Nathan Ducker, Voltaire
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY
in contemporary paintings, works on paper, fiber art, sculpture and
photography. Featuring Chicago based artists, as well as internationally
known artists from Europe, and the Mediterranean Region such as Turkey,
Greece, Italy, and the Middle East.
Located in the River North Art District, the gallery is at the corner of Wells and Superior.
HILTON ASMUS CONTEMPORARY
716 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654 USA
"EMILIE du CHATELET"
Hilton Asmus Contemporary is pleased to announce the upcoming
performance of URANIA: The Life of Emilie du Chatelet, a play by Jyl
Bonaguro. It is the story of the love affair between Voltaire and the beautiful Marquise Du Chatelet, the brilliant French mathematician, physicist, and author of the Age of Enlightenment.
There will only be two
performances, July 25th and 26th. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to
Hilton Asmus Contemporary if you wish to attend.
In May 1734 Voltaire and du Châtelet attended the wedding of the Duc de Richelieu.
Days later Voltaire was forced to hide for a couple of months after a
warrant was issued for his arrest because of his pro-English,
anti-French writings. After that he went to live at Cirey, which was the
remote house owned by du Châtelet's husband. Voltaire wrote:
found in 1733 a young lady who felt more or less as I did, and who
resolved to spend several years in the country to cultivate her mind,
far from the tumult of the world. It was the marquise Du Châtelet, the
woman who in all France had the greatest disposition for all the
sciences. ... Seldom has so fine a mind and so much taste been united
with so much ardour for learning; but she also loved the world and all
the amusements of her age and sex."
In 1735, Emilie du Chatelet
translated Bernard Mandeville's "Fable of the Bees." Her preface
contains fascinating information about du Châtelet's views on the
position of women:
"I feel the full weight of the
prejudice which so universally excludes us from the sciences; it is one
of the contradictions in life that has always amazed me, seeing that the
law allows us to determine the fate of great nations, but that there is
no place where we are trained to think ... Let the reader ponder why,
at no time in the course of so many centuries, a good tragedy, a good
poem, a respected tale, a fine painting, a good book on physics has ever
been produced by a woman. Why these creatures whose understanding
appears in every way similar to that of men, seem to be stopped by some
irresistible force, but until they do, women will have reason to protest
against their education. ... I am convinced that many women are either
unaware of their talents by reason of the fault in their education or
that they bury them on account of prejudice for want of intellectual
courage. My own experience confirms this. Chance made me acquainted with
men of letters who extended the hand of friendship to me. ... I then
began to believe that I was a being with a mind ..."
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY | 716 N. Wells Street | Chicago | IL | 60654