I was born for this

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I am in the midst of preparations for a new event,consisting of a new art installation that projects unto the present a process of echoes and ripples out of the life of Joan of Arc. In 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy. Almost 500 years later, Joan was acclaimed as a saint. Soon after her death, Joan of Arc became an icon of tremendous power, affecting artists and scholars for centuries. Among them, director C. T. Dreyer produced in 1928 “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” (La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc) considered one of the greatest films of all time. In 1994 American composer Richard Einhorn wrote the oratorio Voices of Light inspired by Dreyer’s silent film.  In collabiration we fellow artists Christopher Preissing, Gwendolyn Terry, and Charlie Simokaitis, and with scholars Daniel Hobbins and Don Crafton, we are creating an interactive installation at the Philbin Theater allowing us to reflect and participate in the debates that Joan of Arc is still able to inspire. Most importantly, is it worth it to be defined by others or can we define our mission in the face of harrowing opposition? This challenge applies to many in our society today, and especially, women of all time.

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