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'Understanding Wagner's Ring Cycle from a Jungian Perspective or The Ring Backwards!' - CG Jung Society of Melbourne

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In celebration of the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne is proudly presenting a two-day symposium entitled 'Understanding Wagner's Ring Cycle from a Jungian Perspective or The Ring Backwards!' on Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th October 2013.

The C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne regularly holds lectures, workshops and courses which explore the work of Carl Gustav Jung. These forums are open to members of the C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne as well as members of the wider public.

The upcoming two-day symposium will examine the four operas in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle individually and each opera will be presented in the order in which they were written: beginning with Götterdämmerung and Siegfried on Sunday 6th October and finishing with Die Walküre and Das Rheingold a week later on the Sunday 13th October.

The event will be presided over by musicologist and pianist, Dr David Kram and will be co-presented by art therapist & painter Mary Duffy and President of the C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne Professor Derry Doyle.

Dr David Kram, who has conducted The Ring Cycle in opera houses across Europe, will introduce each opera on a Yamaha grand piano and drawing upon his own experience of Jungian psychoanalysis, will discuss the musical motifs and thematic concerns of each opera.

Art therapist & painter Mary Duffy and President of the C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne Professor Derry Doyle will then expand upon the work of Robert Donington and together will examine the evolution of the storyline which is marked by Norse mythology:

"Jungian analysis suggests that every archetype personified within operas lives within each of us individually. The Ring Cycle would seem to demonstrate that Wagner innately understood that until one has suffered and learned to contain, rather than suppress, one's darkest self it is impossible to effectively transform the whole of society."

Between them, the presenters shall argue conflicting constructs for consideration and discussion; allowing participants to reach personal interpretations and conclusions.

'Understanding Wagner's Ring Cycle from a Jungian Perspective or The Ring Backwards!' will be held at Trinity College, University of Melbourne from 9.15 for 9.45 am start to 4.00 pm on both days.

Participants can choose to attend one workshop or both - prices are as follows:

One Workshop:
Members $100.
Non-members $130
Concession: $110
(Uni. Students: $50)

Two Workshops:
Members $180
Non-members $230
Concession: $200
(Uni. Students: $90)


This price is all inclusive and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served.

Bookings can be made by contacting C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne on 03 9527 3546 or classicaljanice@gmail.com.

Payments must be made by Saturday 5th October 2013.

For further information on this event please visit the C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne website.
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When: Sundays, 6th and 13th October 2013 / 9:15am-4.00pm
Phone: 03 9527 3546
Where: Trinity College, Parkville, Melbourne
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