"Heart monologues", Wednesday 16 March 2022,  Regent Street Cinema, London.

J. Bolfek-Radovani, B. Knapper, R. Šantek, and A.Tanaka performing "Myogram" live on stage. Photo: Martin Delaney.

A creation by and with: Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani
Delphine Salkin (Artistic co-direction)
Bridget Knapper, Robert Šantek (Readers)
Daniel Loayza (Recorded voice)
Emma Macpherson (Assistant director; Recorded voice).

With music and live performance by special guest Atau Tanaka

“Heart monologues" is a 30 min long multi-sensory recital based on Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani's multilingual poem sequence "Heart monologues" containing thirteen poems in French, English and Croatian. The recital combined words of Jasmina’s poetry with recorded and live voices, sound, and musical track (“Heartbeat monitor”, Biorhythms, 2000) by the composer and performer of live computer music Atau Tanaka who performed one of his more recent pieces “Myogram” (Meta Gesture Music, 2017) live on stage using embodied musical interaction technologies.

*Watch Heart monologues short video on YouTube:

*Listen to the multilingual sound piece "Heart Coeur Srce" (1m19s) streamed live between poems 11 and 12 during the performance with Atau Tanaka & three performers on stage. Created by: Delphine Salkin. With Pascale Salkin's music piece "Autumn" and heartbeats from Heartbeat monitor" by Atau Tanaka.

*Listen to the full live audio recording on Soundcloud (33 m) (click on link or on image below):

*Listen to & watch the "Heart Monologues" moving poster (10s). With heartbeats from Atau Tanaka's track "Heartbeat Monitor". Design by: Feiqi Wang


    Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani is a London-based poet, arts practitioner, and researcher of mixed heritage (Croatian father / Algerian mother) born in Zagreb. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines and journals in the UK including The Fortnightly Review, Molly Bloom, Pamenar Press and Tears in the Fence, and in several publications in Canada and Croatia. She is the founder of the multilingual poetry project “Unbound” that received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Language Acts and Worldmaking Small grants programme in 2018 and 2019. More info available in bio here.

    Bridget Knapper is a founding director of the UK membership association for the international movement Economy for the Common Good which seeks a society where the goal is a good life for all. She has an MA in French and Francophone Studies and has previously worked as teacher and Modern Foreign Languages leader in primary schools. She is a freelance communications consultant. Bridget speaks French and German and enjoys collaborating on a range of creative projects.

    Daniel Loayza
    is a translator, art professional, and teacher of French-Peruvian heritage born in Paris. He worked as artistic advisor at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe for 25 years. He currently teaches French/Philosophy at the prestigious Lycée Louis-Legrand in Paris. He has translated many theatre plays from English, Spanish, German, Ancient Greek and Latin.

    Emma Inez MacPherson is an undergraduate student of politics and international relations at Queen Mary University of London. She is a poet and the Assistant editor of the student poetry magazine PEACH. She was born in Paris and currently lives in London; she is of Croatian-Australian heritage and is bilingual (French-English).

    Delphine Salkin is a Belgian-born theatre teacher, director, actress, author, and creator for Radio France Culture based in Paris. She wrote, directed, and performed her Interior Voices in Brussels (Théâtre du Rideau – Dec 2019). She directed Abi Morgan’s play Splendour in Paris (Théâtre Malakoff / Théâtre de Sénart – Jan 2020; on tour in France), and she co-directed Je suis Nijinski with choreographer Mathilde Laroque (Namur/Brussels – June 2021). Most recently, she directed the singer Clara Inglese in The human voice (Théâtre des Martyrs / Brussels – Nov 2021). She is the artistic director of the French theatre company Nonumoï.

    Robert Šantek is a freelance voice-over artist and radio host at Radio808, an online radio from Zagreb. He has worked as a translator, interpreter, and screen writer for television gameshows. He grew up bilingual (Croatian and German) and is fluent in French and English. In his free time, he sings in the Early Music Consort “Otium”.

    Atau Tanaka is a composer and performer of live computer music and professor at Goldsmiths. He uses muscle sensing using the EMG signal in musical performance where the human body becomes musical instrument. He has been artistic co-director of STEIM. His work has received awards from Ars Electronica, Fraunhofer Institute, and the Fondation Daniel Langlois, and been presented at Sonar, Womad Transmediale, SFMOMA, ICA, Eyebeam, NTT-ICC, and ZKM.


    Funded by: The Centre for Poetry, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Westminster.

    Part of World in Westminster festival, 15-17 March 2022, Westminster University, London. In collaboration with the Multilingual University Westminster Learning Community.