Staged reading with Cornelia Becker and Rudi de Mello
Cornelia Becker's poems show how, through condensation and concentration, narrative prose can become poetry that creates strong and memorable images. Atmosphere is always created with a light hand that precisely corresponds to what has been experienced and suffered. The content is about communication with loved ones, conversations with dying and dead partners.
Cornelia Becker's poems are always an open appeal, never an obituary. The proximity to death is never denied, the lyrics are never sentimental. In them, the living vibrates in its diverse and colorful nuances of the relationship structure.
That evening, Cornelia Becker and Rudi de Mello create a staged reading in which the sound of two opposing but complementary voices resonate with each other - sometimes searching, but always trusting the lyrical self.
Cornelia Becker studied German, Spanish and art therapy. She published novels, short stories, essays and poems. She received awards and scholarships for her literary work. In November 2023, her volume of poetry “Return of the Garfish” was published by PalmArtPress. "Who will I be if you don't talk about me anymore?" was the introductory sentence to the series of poems after the death of her partner. The narrative voice that drove her prose works fell silent and poetry spoke up in the silence.
Rudi de Mello, born in Havana (Cuba), lives in Berlin. When he's not obsessively writing poetry and organizing readings as artistic director, the studied philosopher also travels through various state and off-theater theaters as a traveling dramaturge. Acting has also tied him to the theater for 25 years, but especially staging plays he wrote himself that are based on classics such as Dante's Divine Comedy.