Kate Soper

IPSA DIXIT: I. Poetics (excerpt)

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Kate Soper: IPSA DIXIT

Ipse dixit /Ip-suh dik-sit/: noun (Latin). Literally “he, himself, said it.” An unproven yet dogmatic...

Composer Portraits

Kate Soper


Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Music by Kate Soper
Text by Aristotle, Guido d'Arrezo, Lydia Davis, Michael Drayton, Robert Duncan, Plato, Sigmund Freud, Jenny Holzer, Sophocles, Sarah Teasdale, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.  

Directed by Ashley Tata
Lighting Design by Anshuman Bhatia
Costume Design by Nina Vartanian
Projection Design by Bradley Peterson

Kate Soper is a multi-talented composer, singer, and writer whose theatrical chamber music masterpiece Ipsa Dixit (“She, herself, said it”) explores the integration of music, drama, and rhetoric. Called a “philosophy-opera” by The New Yorker, the work blends aspects of monodrama, Greek theater, and screwball comedy in a musical journey that examines the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression. The composer, herself, performs the virtuosic score alongside members of the ensemble Wet Ink in this evening-length tour de force.


  • IPSA DIXIT (2010-2016)

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Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre.