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Sounds of Silence Festival | Faust

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Music by Ensemble Klang XL / Willem Breuker

Vr 8 mrt | 21:15 uur GROTE ZAAL | Online €12,50 | Kassa €14,50 | Studenten €10,- | Ooievaarspas 50%

A colossal adaptation of Goethe's Faust

Single ticket Online €12,50 | Kassa €14,50 | Studenten €10 | Ooievaarspas 50% | Tickets
Day ticket Online €20 | Kassa €22 | Studenten €15 | Ooievaarspas 50% | Tickets
Festival Passepartout Online €50 | Kassa €52 | Ooievaarspas 50% | Tickets
Student and Ooievaarspas only available at the theater

Mobilizing the full resources of the UFA Studios, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Sunrise) orchestrated a colossal adaptation of Goethe's Faust that ranks alongside Fritz Lang's Metropolis as the greatest achievement of the German silent cinema. Gösta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth - in exchange for his soul. As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific.

Ensemble Klang & Willem Breuker
Ensemble Klang bring back to life a work by one of the most important, wide-ranging and mischievous Dutch musicians of the last century, Willem Breuker. Commissioned by the Cité de la Musique, Paris, in 2003, Breuker’s score for Murnau’s film is scored for his own big band. With elements of klezmer, jazz, rock, latin, brass band and big band the irreverent score acts as an at times hilarious, at times deeply moving, counterpoint to the expressionist mastery of Faust. 

The Willem Breuker Kollektief toured the work all around the world, but since Breuker passed away it has lain unperformed. In this special outing, Ensemble Klang, in an extended line-up, reunite Breuker’s sonic impishness with Murnau’s sublime cinematic artistry.

Ensemble Klang
Typically performing without a conductor, Ensemble Klang’s live soundtrack for Faust creates complex musical textures in resonance with the film’s horrific, dramatic and often comical moods, combined in a mix of notated and improvised music, played with exotic and newly designed instruments. Formed in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang's innovative programs, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become "one of the top ensembles" (NRC Handelsblad) in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene. Ensemble Klang’s dynamic approach to contemporary music and “sonic adventure” has attracted not only a loyal public following but also the active participation of some of today’s leading composers. Projects have been staged with Heiner Goebbels, David Lang, Tom Johnson, Julia Wolfe, Michael Hersch and Peter Adriaansz. Its unique yet versatile instrumentation – saxophones, trombone, keyboards, percussion, guitar, electronics – generates the energetic drive and passion of a band. Performing without a conductor, a typical Ensemble Klang programme combines complex music requiring virtuosic accuracy and breathtaking musical risk. They are born collaborators, and participate in music theatre, site-specific and dance projects almost every season. Klang members feel equally at home in the concert hall, open air at festival or pop venue.

Ensemble Klang website

Sounds of Silence festival exposes the profound art of silent film and explores its interaction with contemporary music and art. The festival will celebrate its 5th edition on March 7-10, 2019. Musicians and artists participating in the 5th edition are: Ensemble Klang; Guus Janssen, Wolter Wierbos and Wim Janssen; The Edge Ensemble and Elisenda Pujals; Tomer Baruch and Alex Brajković; Cristiana Vignatelli and Geoff Leigh; Carolina Cortés Zambelli, Nathalia Valdés Vergara and Renán Zelada Cisneros. 
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