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Be Here; Be Poetry


The Series:

DIORAMA is NYC's immersive, poetry series of intimacy and vulnerability. A world where we dispose of the podium and stage, and interweave you in a space built of language, shape, and sound.

We believe in artistry. That poetry, both written and spoken, is an intimate art, bodily, and specific to its creator just as dance and singing are. We present site-specific pieces with startling imagery and sensitivity to sound.

#dioramapoetry
@alyssa_morhardtg
@dioramapoetry

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Be Here; Be Poetry


The Series:

DIORAMA is NYC's immersive, poetry series of intimacy and vulnerability. A world where we dispose of the podium and stage, and interweave you in a space built of language, shape, and sound.

We believe in artistry. That poetry, both written and spoken, is an intimate art, bodily, and specific to its creator just as dance and singing are. We present site-specific pieces with startling imagery and sensitivity to sound.

#dioramapoetry
@alyssa_morhardtg
@dioramapoetry

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Diorama: Lux


Upcoming Event

Date: December 15th, 2018
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

The winter solstice represents both the death and the rebirth of life. This winter, Diorama: Lux invites you to the bridge between, in a celebration of the dichotomies of life and the power of light.

More details revealed soon…

Diorama: Lux


Upcoming Event

Date: December 15th, 2018
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

The winter solstice represents both the death and the rebirth of life. This winter, Diorama: Lux invites you to the bridge between, in a celebration of the dichotomies of life and the power of light.

More details revealed soon…

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Diorama: Bestiary


"I WATCHED HIS COILED MUSCLES BREATHING LIKE FOALS AND BEARS AND LEOPARDS."
                        - RACHEL BOYADJIS
 

Interactive and communicated through verse, Diorama: Bestiary is an exploration of the impact of self-mythologization. Which poetry card will you get; which journey will you choose?

Bestiary premiered June 2018 as part of Atlas Obscura's Great Forgotten Garden Party in the Untermyer Gardens, NY. Created and written by Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein and Rachel Boyadjis and featuring additional poetry by Celestine and Lark.

Diorama: Bestiary


"I WATCHED HIS COILED MUSCLES BREATHING LIKE FOALS AND BEARS AND LEOPARDS."
                        - RACHEL BOYADJIS
 

Interactive and communicated through verse, Diorama: Bestiary is an exploration of the impact of self-mythologization. Which poetry card will you get; which journey will you choose?

Bestiary premiered June 2018 as part of Atlas Obscura's Great Forgotten Garden Party in the Untermyer Gardens, NY. Created and written by Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein and Rachel Boyadjis and featuring additional poetry by Celestine and Lark.


Which poetry card will you get; which journey will you choose?

DIORAMA: BESTIARY

Of what myths are you made, what metamorphosis?

What roles do mythology, self-mythologization, and metamorphosis play in your life? What have the effects been? Where does the line between self-mythologization and self-deification lie? An interactive, immersive ritual communicated through verse, Bestiary is a meditation on these questions. A lyric in prism, a catharsis of identity, a homecoming.

Metaphor is the vehicle of both poetry and mythology. Their shared medium: storytelling. Their shared purpose: self-awareness -- transcendence from the dichotomies of time and ego to the oneness of our shared eternity. The ability to self-reflect is the fundamental difference between animals and humans. Poetry and mythology ignite in us self-reflection and self-awareness, ushering us from beast to human, launching in us a metamorphosis. From relentless time, to timelessness; from beast to being.

The poetry of Bestiary is that of metamorphosis: the crisis just prior, of mid-transformation, or the radiant wisdom that follows.


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THE EVENT

"Join Atlas Obscura and the Untermyer Garden Conservancy to experience the wonder and beauty of Untermyer Gardens...Attendees will find themselves transported back to the golden years of the Greystone Estate, when Mrs. Minnie Untermyer hosted some of the greatest artists and performers of the early 20th century and Samuel Untermyer roamed the property with a white orchid in his lapel." - Atlas Obscura

Click here for more info on Atlas Obscura's paramount, summer event.


THE GARDENS

Photographs of Untermyer Gardens

"Hidden behind a great stone wall overlooking the Hudson River resides a masterpiece of unspoken beauty. Statues of sphinxes tower from beyond the embarkment, crumbling tiles line the remembrance of an elaborate mosaic pool, and 2,000-year-old imported Roman columns frame a dramatic view of the Palisades." - Atlas Obscura

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Diorama: Missa Brevis


"TIME AS A CIRCLE, OUR BODIES AS INLAY."  
                        
- ALYSSA MORHARDT-GOLDSTEIN


Diorama: Missa Brevis is an immersive meditation on time, the fierceness of our mortality, and the power of transcendence. Written and performed by Diorama's founders, this piece offers its participants the opportunity to truly hear and let go.

Missa Brevis premiered October 2017 as part of Atlas Obscura's Into the Veil event in historic Green-Wood Cemetery, NYC.

Diorama: Missa Brevis


"TIME AS A CIRCLE, OUR BODIES AS INLAY."  
                        
- ALYSSA MORHARDT-GOLDSTEIN


Diorama: Missa Brevis is an immersive meditation on time, the fierceness of our mortality, and the power of transcendence. Written and performed by Diorama's founders, this piece offers its participants the opportunity to truly hear and let go.

Missa Brevis premiered October 2017 as part of Atlas Obscura's Into the Veil event in historic Green-Wood Cemetery, NYC.

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Creator


Creator


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Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein

Founder & Artistic Director

Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein is the author of Quiet, winner of The New School University Press contest; semifinalist for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize for her book, Forniphilia; and her work can be found in Sporklet, Prick of the Spindle, Front Porch, and others. Her collaborative novella with Lisa Marie Basile - Nympholepsy - was finalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and is forthcoming in 2018 from Inside the Castle.

Alyssa received her MFA in poetry from The New School, and her BM in classical vocal performance and concurrent BA in philosophy and English literature from Mannes Conservatory.


Past Collaborators

Rachel Boyadjis
Diorama: Bestiary (premiered June 2018)

Rachel Boyadjis is a poet, aerialist, and actress living in NYC. She is the Co-Director of Contemporary Circus/Aerial Dance collaborative Circus Solaris, and one half of the aerial duo The Lost Boys. @circus.solaris


Lisa Marie Basile, Co-Founder
Volumes & Diorama: Missa Brevis (premiered Oct. 2017)

Lisa Marie Basile is the editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and Ingenue X. She is the author of Apocryphal (Noctuary Press) and a few chapbooks, including Andalucia (Poetry Society of NY) and war/lock (Hyacinth Girl). She was a finalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, and you can find her work in The Atlas Review, Spork, PANK, Dusie, Huffington Post, the Tin House blog and Ampersand Review. She's also a journalist and editor.