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Director Peter Sellars to appear at Stanford Nov. 6

STANFORD -- Opera and theater director Peter Sellars, director of the Los Angeles Festival, will give a lecture-demonstration titled "Irritating and Useful Art" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building. The event, sponsored by Stanford's dance division, Humanities Center, and music and drama departments, is open to the public without charge.

Sellars will speak informally on curent trends in the performing arts and will explore what new traditions the "nontraditional," multidisciplinary and multicultural arts bring to American society.

Sellars, a graduate of Harvard University, was appointed director of the American National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the age of 26.

In recent years, Sellars has turned to opera. His production of John Adams' Nixon in China for the Houston Grand Opera was broadcast nationally on PBS, and The Death of Klinghoffer, his second collaboration with Adams and choreographer Mark Morris, is part of the San Francisco Opera's current season. Last summer, Sellars directed Olivier Messaien's opera Saint Francois d'Assise at the Salzburg Festival.

Sellars recently completed his first feature film, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is finishing a book of essays on contemporary performance to be published by HarperCollins.



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