Sounds of Silence - 3rd edition

Silent film & live music festival - Day 1

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Silent film masterpieces accompanied by live music.

Sounds of Silence festival for silent films and live music will celebrate its third edition in February 2017; exposing the profound art of silent cinema and exploring its interaction with contemporary sound.
As in previous editions, we will show silent film masterpieces accompanied by live music by superb musicians who come from a variety of musical styles. This year the festival will extend silent cinema further into the realms of performing arts and immersive technologies. The first day of the festival will be dedicated to avant-garde film and music with an experimental, interactive performance by iii for the Swedish film Häxan, and a live soundtrack by Computer Aided Breathing to the Japanese avant-garde film A Page of Madness.

Attention! Tickets online are cheaper.
1 film/performance: 14,50 euro (12,50 online, 10 for students)
Regular film: 6 euro (5 online)
Day ticket: 22 Euro (20 online, 15 for students) -  Buy tickets day 1
All-in ticket: 52 Euro (50 online, 40 for students). Buy All-in ticket

19:30 | GROTE ZAAL | Film + Live music/interactive performance | 60 minutes 
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Benjamin Christensen, 1922, Sweden)
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Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a black sabbath are some of the ingredients in this witches’ brew which combines the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The film takes us with its ambiguity far away from the normal world, leading us into a space where the irrational is always ready to intrude in lurid forms.

Music, art and performance by iii (Lars Kynde, Mariska de Groot, Wen Chin Fu and Dewi de Vree ; TIME music theater, Ludmila Rodrigues and Mei Yi Lee)

For the opening of the Sound of Silence Festival, iii will present a new production made for the occasion. The inspiration for the performance came from the silent film Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. The ritualistic behaviour, horror and superstitiousness from the film illustrates a society in great fear. In this performance, we will transform the Grote Zaal in Theater De Regentes into a witch-house. Through the journey of experience in this witch-house, the audience will enter a state of bardo, an transitional state between life and death. The theatrical illusion is summoned by a variety of self-made instruments all working with transformations of well known elements surrounding us daily: light, sound, smell, body movements and electromagnetic fields.

In addition, iii will present an exhibition in DNR which will be open throughout the duration of the festival:
“Secret Formulation of Witch's Spell”
The concept of the exhibition is the secret of the witch's spell. All the instruments have a secret ingredient like the spell in a witch's soup. In this exhibition, carefully chosen media used for the film Häxan will be presented. 

iii is an artist-run platform based in The Hague which supports idiosyncratic research trajectories that zigzag between disciplines and distribution channels. iii operates as a production house, artist residency and distribution agency, promoting radical interdisciplinary work crossing between the fields of music, visual arts, theatre and media design. Inventing new instruments and out-of-the-box presentation formats that engage with the four dimensions of image, sound, space and the body, iii strives to offer unique experiences to audiences of all kinds.

21:30 | GROTE ZAAL | Film + Live music | 70 minutes
A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926, Japan)
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A seaman becomes a janitor at an insane asylum to free his wife, who's become an inmate after attempting to kill herself and her baby. The film's expressionist and its rhythmic pulsation of graphic, semiabstract depictions of madness make it both startling and mesmerizing. Teinosuke Kinugasa's mind-boggling masterpiece is a stunning invocation of the world as viewed by the mentally ill.

Music by Computer Aided Breathing
Trio Computer Aided Breathing incorporates voice, organ, percussion, synths and live electronics to create a surreal, intense and immersive environment which will act as a counterpoint to the distorted world created in A Page of Madness. Computer Aided Breathing's signature sound, made up of 3 performers who operate as one moving, organic mass, lends itself perfectly to the swirling story of the film's many macabre characters. Playing with the relationship between various analog instruments and the noise, distortion, and chaos of digital instruments and live processing, the soundtrack will be an open composition, leaving space for improvisation and spontaneous inspiration, mirroring the film's movement between moments of lucidity and total lunacy.

Reuniting after a long hiatus especially for SOSIII, Computer Aided Breathing is a trio devoted to live improvisation, formed by Kirstin Gramlich (organ and keyboards), Stelios Manousakis (programming and live electronics) and Stephanie Pan (voice and sampler). Their improvisations focus on mood, ambiance, texture and gesture. Sonic elements that flow from instrument to instrument and migrate from one perceptual quality to the other is a fundamental aspect of their work. The performers consider themselves part of one sonic environment, playing the same collective instrument.

More information: http://soundsofsilencefestival.nl/http://soundsofsilencefestival.nl/