QATSI FILM TRILOGY & PHILIP GLASS – LIVE
WORLD PREMIERE PRIORITY BOOKING & DISCOUNT OFFER
In a double world premiere, Sydney Opera House will present the entire ‘Qatsi’ trilogy in January 2005, and the world premiere of the final film in the trilogy with live music. Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi will be screened over three evenings (four performances) with the soundscores performed live by composer Philip Glass and his Ensemble. Urban Cinefile Movie Club members can now book A Reserve seats at B Reserve prices (saving up to 20%) before tickets go on sale to the general public on October 15.
This special musical/film event, including large screen projections of the films, will be presented in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House from 6 – 9 January 2005.
NAQOYQATSI: January 6
KOYAANISQATSI: January 7 & 8
POWAQQATSI: January 9
or telephone 02 9250 7777 and ask for the ‘Film Lovers’ offer
Tickets Full $90/$75/$60 Conc. $70/$60/$45
LIMITED OFFER: THREE CONCERT PACKAGES $225
- SAVE UP TO $45
(Please note packages are A reserve seats only and are strictly limited and subject to availability)
Created by Godfrey Reggio between 1975 and 1982 and first shown in 1983, Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds – urban life and technology versus the environment. On its release, Koyaanisqatsi became an instant cult classic, unlike any previous cinematic experience and redefining the impact of music on film. The ‘live’ version of the film with the Philip Glass Ensemble has been a consistent favourite with audiences around the world enabling the creative techniques developed by Glass and Reggio to become standard experience for an entire generation of filmgoers. On the creative process, Reggio comments, “Glass’ acoustic universe allows the listener the opportunity to deeply feel the vibration of sound performed; in cinema, remarkably, the audience can see the music.”
Reggio’s second film in the trilogy, Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation (1987), conveys a humanist philosophy about the earth, the encroachment of technology on nature and ancient cultures and the splendour that disappears as a result. The final film, Naqoyqatsi: Life as War (2003) merges the power of image and music to plunge into the heart of a hyper-accelerated, globally-wired 21st Century.
Reggio says of Glass: “His music can speak directly with the soul in an utterance of repetition that is always changing. His ever-ascending circular sphere of sound is transporting, portending a direct, mainline transmission of extraordinary emotive power. Needless-to–say, I am a Glass junkie, addicted to this metamorphic high.”
Another famous director who admires Glass is Martin Scorsese: “Philip Glass is an artist of tremendous sensitivity whose music works from the inside of the film, from its heat, to produce a powerful emotional intensity which remains for days in the listener’s head…For me, the images in the film no longer stand on their own without Philip Glass’ music. I consider myself fortunate, indeed blessed, to have worked with him on Kundun.”
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