The Dove’s Annihilation: Sylvia Plath and the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory


Sep 22, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:20 pm

A Performance in Music – Poetry – Movement
Danaë Killian, piano and spoken word
Jan Baker-Finch, eurythmy]


Bar of Bengal, Kindred Studios, Yarraville

Conceived in response to Canberra’s 100-year anniversary celebrations in 2013 and evolved in the ensuing resonance of the World War I centenary, ‘The Dove’s Annihilation: Sylvia Plath and the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory’ takes up Plath’s fiercely personal engagement with world politics, religion and history. Over the course of her literary career, which began in her youth during World War II and climaxed at the height of the Cold War, Plath developed a unique, many-layered, ethically complex Judeo-Christology—at once scathing and celebratory, tender and nihilistic, confessional and ironic, outward-looking and mystical—through which to confront the apocalyptic events enacted on the political world stage. In music, poetry, movement, ‘The kiDove’s Annihilation’ bears witness to Plath’s conscience-searing vision of the contemporary world order—the kingdom—as a crucible in which intertwined spiritual-political ideals of peace, compassion, freedom—the dove—undergo an alchemical nigredo process; while the heavens fill with the power and the glory of false gods raised up in an atomic cloud.

At heart, ‘The Dove’s Annihilation’ is a solo piano recital, with its generic boundaries opened to the involvement of intense spoken word poetry and radically expressive movement art. Its body of sound is made of music by Messiaen, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Scriabin, Shanahan and Bach, incorporating poetry by Plath and from the Song of Solomon.

The sequel to ‘Sylvia Plath in the Domestic Sublime’ (2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival), ‘The Dove’s Annihilation’ is a creative outcome of Danaë Killian’s research project ‘Transformations and Initiations: Sylvia Plath in Flames, in Performance.’

Conceived by Danaë Killian
Choreography and costume design by Jan Baker-Finch


Fri 19 Sep, 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sat 20 Sep, 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sun 21 Sep, 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Mon 21 Sep, 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Full $35
Concession $28
Group: $25 (per person for 4+ people)]

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