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In The Nursery Live score to ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) Opening: Jo Quail

Posted in Live events on May 20, 2013 by Kaparte

Kaparte Promotions presents:

In The Nursery
Live score to ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’
(Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Opening: Jo Quail


In the Nursery flyer

The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Th. Dreyer in 1928, is considered one of the best silent films ever made.
Rene Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France.
The original version of the film was lost for decades, after a fire destroyed the master negative. Dreyer himself attempted to reassemble a version from out-takes and surviving prints, but he died believing his original cut was lost forever. Almost miraculously, a virtually complete print of Dreyer’s original version was found in 1981.

IN THE NURSERY are specialists at providing new scores for classic silent films. Their first score was in 1996 for ‘The Cabinet of Caligari’, a project that has subsequently been performed around the world as part of their optical music series, which attracts new audiences to silent cinema.
The composers (twin brothers Klive & Nigel Humberstone) utilise state of the art music technology, with a unique symphonic style, to produce hauntingly evocative soundtracks.
Their score for the Passion of Joan of Arc reflects the film’s dramatic highs and lows – from the emotional close-up photography of the trial through to the fevered final scenes surrounding Joan’s death.

Jo Quail‘s music has mesmerised and delighted audiences in the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan.
In her live solo performance, Jo plays an electric cello and uses looping to combine atonality with rich orchestration and deft percussive sounds to produce ‘majestic soundscapes’.
Jo also writes specially commissioned pieces for music, film and theatre companies.

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