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Sounds of Silence Festival | Fragment of an Empire (1929) | CANCELLED

Music by Gerard Bouwhuis

Vr 13 mrt | 19.00 uur GROTE ZAAL | Online €12,50 | Kassa €14,50 | Studenten €10,- | Ooievaarspas 50% | We Are Public gratis

Opening of the Sounds of Silence Festival 2020

Due to the Corona virus and government regulations aimed at stopping the virus we are unfortunately forced to cancel the Sounds of Silence Festival 2020. We will try to reschedule the fesival to a later date. Ticket buyers will be informed about the options regarding ticket refunds. 

Single ticket
Online €12,50 | Kassa €14,50 | Studenten €10 | Ooievaarspas 50%| Tickets
Festival Passepartout Online €50 | Kassa €52 | Studenten €36,- | Ooievaarspas 50% | Tickets
Student and Ooievaarspas only available at the theater

Film: Fragment of an Empire (Fridrikh Ermler, Russia, 1929)
The story of a young man who is drafted into the Tsar’s army during World War I, and becomes a total amnesiac due to shell shock. He begins to regain his memory a few years later and is at pains to understand what happened as his country has been thoroughly transformed by the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.

Director Fridrikh Ermler was one of the greatest masters in the history of Soviet and world cinema. This was acknowledged by such filmmakers as Eisenstein, Chaplin, and Pabst. Fragment of an Empire, Ermler’s last silent feature, is one of the most important films in Soviet silent cinema, yet it is little known and woefully underappreciated today. Soviet film scholarship Jay Leyda called it “a model of realism, presented without any sophistication, almost as if Ermler were telling a parable, though its technique recalls both Eisenstein and Dovzhenko.”

Music: Gerard Bouwhuis (piano, organ and electronics)
For the performance of Fragment of an Empire, Bouwhuis will use the music of the Russian avant-garde composers of that time: a mixture of the piano music of Mossolov, Roslavets, Lourié, and Shostakovich but also Skrjabin, Rachmaninov and others. The music of that time has many colours and moods, and it will be processed to tell a consistent story that will seamlessly flow with the film. Besides the piano, electronics and a keyboard will be used to create a modular layer that will tie all the pieces together.