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Bodies in Distress - Performance of Execution Ballads

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Project Details:

'Bodies in Distress' is a collaborative research project between artists and post-doctoral researchers at the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.  'Bodies in Distress' will take place during the Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium in Newcastle, NSW, between the Sept 27 - 30.  It consists of a number of public events held at The Lock Up, Cultural Centre.

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Event Details:
PERFORMANCE OF EXECUTION BALLADS

Time and Date:
2.30pm on Thursday 27th September 2012

Venue:
The Lock Up Cultural Centre, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

Enquires:
Please email:  gabriel.watts@sydney.edu.au

Description:
'Execution Ballads' were an early form of news media.  Details of the criminal's wrongdoing were set to popular tunes.  Street vendors would sell lyric sheets to spectators, and after the execution the crowd would sing these tales of woe.  Often set in first person, the songs tell of repentant murders warning others not to emulate their deeds.  Grace Turner and James Thomson will sing excerpts from C17th execution ballads as Dr Una McIlvenna (CHE)  provides insights into the place of song in early-modern punishment