Unbound is a multilingual poetry project, developed by researcher and poet Dr Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray. Building on Jasmina's background as a writer of Croatian and Algerian heritage working in London, the project is imagined as a series of live performances inviting the audience to immerse themselves in English, French and Croatian poetry, across locations in London, Zagreb, Paris and Brussels. It aims to show how the spoken word, sound and image can interact to create a series of 'unbound' or free expressions.
Sound Image Word
The first event in the series, 'Reveries About Language: Sound Image Word' took place at the Pinter Studio, Queen Mary University London, on 20 March 2019.
The evening began with a performance lasting 50 minutes, followed by refreshments and a 20 minute conversation between the performance director Prof Catherine Boyle and the poet, with the sound artist Alo Allik improvising music on stage and the actors performing the poetry in English, French and Croatian. This event was supported by Language Acts and Worldmaking and by both the Arts and Cultural Strategy Office and the Centre for Digital Music at QMUL. For more information, read Jasmina's blog post about the evening.
Word Sound Image
The second installment of Unbound, 'Reveries About Language: Word Sound Image' was scheduled to take place at the Cultural Information Centre, Zagreb, on 19 March 2020 but owing to the Covid-19 pandemic was moved online. The rescheduled performance took place on 11 December. All poems performed came from the collection by Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, Reveries about language, 2019, ISBN 978-1-897747-36-0.
For more information about the evening, and for Jasmina's reflections on the project as a whole, read Jasmina's final blog post.
For more information about the project, please visit Jasmina's website.