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Photo: St. Jordi in New York

Dragons, Books and Roses: Video Projection on Deutsches Haus at NYU

Friday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.

Deutsches Haus at NYU

As part of the world-renowned Catalan festival “St. Jordi in New York: Dragons, Book and Roses,” visual artists Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger (Laia Cabrera & Co.), will emblazon the NYU building of Deutsches Haus at NYU with flying dragons, dancing roses, and books, on Friday, April 21st, at dusk (around 8 p.m.).

Deutsches Haus at NYU has joined “St. Jordi in New York: Dragons & Books & Roses” by co-presenting two literary events and turning its building into a canvas for the imagination of Cabrera and Duverger, exploring new ways of using space and the visual imaginary as a tool for storytelling and audience connection.

Video projections by award-winning artists Laia Cabrera & Co. will transform the walls of Deutsches Haus at NYU with a visual evocation of literature and legend in the heart of Greenwich Village. Laia Cabrera & Co’s work has been awarded and featured internationally in landmarks like the Tempietto di Bramante in Rome, the historic Georgetown Canal in Washington, D.C., St. John the Divine Cathedral, Times Square, and the White Box Art Gallery in New York.

LAIA CABRERA & CO. is a team of filmmakers, animators, and visual artists based in New York, co-founded by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger.

This spectacular show will close the April 21st event at the neighboring Maison Française, “Abdellatif Laâbi’s Poems of Love and Struggle,” with translator Donald Nicholson-Smith and scholar Robyn Creswell discussing the new collection “In Praise of Defeat,” published by Archipelago Books. 

In addition to the video projection, Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York’s leading institution for the culture and language of the German-speaking world, hosts the St. Jordi in New York festival with Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World, a conversation between fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar (Harvard), who compiled the collection, and Christopher Wood, Chair of the German Department at NYU, on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., and with Werk Work: A Night of New Writing, co-curated by Ryan Tracy and Xavi Acarin, on April 22nd, at 6 p.m.

The St. Jordi in New York festival is organized by The Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. and the Catalan Institute of America, two non-profit organizations with the shared goal of establishing cultural bridges between Catalonia and America. The program has been designed to highlight the importance of translation and world literature, and has the support of New York City bookstores, libraries, and cultural institutions, including McNally Jackson, Bluestockings, Housing Works, Shakespeare & Co., Rizzoli, Logos, the New York Public Library, the Queens Public Library, PEN America, the Sugar Hill Storytelling Museum, El Born restaurant, KGB Red Room, Archipelago Books, Penguin Random House, the Maison Française and Deutsches Haus of NYU.

Support for the St. Jordi in New York Festival has been provided by Diplocat, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia, with additional support from the Institut Ramon Llull. Support for the video mapping has been provided by Catalan businesses with subsidiaries in the U.S.: Alsina Formwork Engineering and Giro Pack, Inc..