ERGON ENSEMBLE concert | Music Direction: Miltos Logiadis | Accompanying the movies Regen (1931), Anémic Cinéma (1926), Entr’acte (1924), Un Chien Andalou (1929)

6th Silent Film Festival with live musical accompaniment - Tribute: City Symphonies

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From Tuesday 16th to Friday 26th of June 2015
6th Silent Film Festival
 Tribute - CITY SYMPHONIES
with live musical accompaniment
Artistic Director: Alexandros Mouzas
in cooperation with STUDIO-Parallilo Kykloma, 
and its president, Christos Papadimitriou
at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

FREE ENTRANCE
Booking is necessary


Monday, 22nd of June, at 21:00

ERGON ENSEMBLE concert (60’)
with the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Music Direction: Miltos Logiadis


Concert program

Regen (1931) (14’)
Directed by Joris Ivens & Mannus Franken

The cinematic poetic movie by Joris Ivens that deals with the transform of a city, Amsterdam, during a rainy day. 

Music by Hanns Eisler «Vierzehn Arten den Regen zu beschreiben, op.70» (1941)
 
Anémic Cinéma (1926) (8’)
Directed by Marcel Duchamp 
with english subtitles

The Dada / Surreal, experimental movie by Marcel Duchamp, that depicts spiral moving images that alternate with wordplays and imaginative rhymes in french. 

Music by Giannis Kyriakidis (commissioned by ERGON ENSEMBLE - 2013)
 
Entr’acte (1924) (19’)
Directed by René Clair
Screenplay by Francis Picabia & René Clair 

The absolute dada piece of the French vanguard. Someone is killed, the hearse follows a crazy ride and the dead man's familiars are chasing it on the Paris' roads until it stops somewhere in the countryside. The dead man comes out of the coffin and makes everyone who followed the hearse to disappear just before he disappears too. 

Music by Erik Satie «Cinema - Εntr'acte symphonique du ballet Relâche pour le film de René Clair Entr’acte» (on new arrangement for this concert)
 
Un Chien Andalou (1929) (17’)
Directed by Luis Buňuel 
Screenplay by Luis Buňuel & Salvador Dalí
with english subtitles

This movie is propably the only sample of such a pure surrealistic expression in the field of Cinema. Based on dreams of Luis Buňuel and Salvador Dalí, the "Un Chien Andalou" is a combination of apparently random, unexpected and aesthetically provocative scenes, which have occasionally been interpreted as allegories, often under the prism of Freudian theories.

Music by Alexandros Mouzas (commissioned by ERGON ENSEMBLE - 2013)

Music Direction: Miltos Logiadis

ERGON ENSEMBLE 
with the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
 
The following musicians participate in the concert:
Nikos Nikopoulos, flute
Kostas Tzekos, clarinet
Babis Taliadouros, percussion
Stefanos Nassos, piano
Christos Sakellaridis, piano
Kostas Panagiotidis, violin
Panagiotis Tziotis, violin
Angela Giannaki, viola
Dimitris Travlos, cello
Nikos Tsoukalas, contrabass 
Alexandros Mouzas, ensemble’s manager 

 
The concert presents cinematic milestones of the silent era–films which had influenced the industry’s later course. Stylistically, these films shift between the vague boundaries of Abstract Art, Dadaism and Surrealism, while at the same time, through a cinematic, photographic, poetic and musical dialogue, the viewers uncover the interesting partnerships of leading masters: Ivens with Eisler in Regen, Dali with Buñuel in Un Chien Andalou.

Analytically:

Regen (Rain) belongs to the filmic tradition of City Symphony, such as Manhattan, Berlin: Symphony of a City and Man with a Movie Camera. This exceptionally striking and poetic film, which had internationally established Ivens as one of the most important filmmakers of the 20th century, describes the way in which Amsterdam is transformed on a rainy day: from the sunny streets to the worsening weather conditions, the first raindrops falling on the water channels, the drenched by the rain windows, sunshades, trams and streets, until the sky gradually clears and the sun comes out again. The film, which could be regarded as a documentary, does not concentrate on specific characters but on the city as a whole. 

Visual artist Marcel Duchamp collaborated with Man Ray on the experimental film Anémic Cinéma. The film consists of abstract spiral-rotating images which give the illusion of a three-dimensional motion. They are combined with nine rhymes-puns, attached to black cardboard discs, which are spinning with the aid of a gramophone. This Dadaist / Surrealist film aimed to minimize its content to just literary and visual footage. (The word Anemic is an anagram of the word Cinema).

Entr’acte is an extraordinary early film from director René Clair, which was originally made to fill an interval between two acts of Francis Picabia’s new ballet, Relâche, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1924. 

Director Clair deliberately sought to make a film shorn of all conventional story-telling narrative and concentrated instead on making a highly impressionistic work. Cinematic techniques available at the time included layering images over one another, filming from different angles (including filming a ballerina dancing on glass from beneath her), slow motion filming and splitting an image are all used. The Dadaists saw in film an opportunity to assault traditional narrative verities, to ridicule “character,” “setting,” and “plot” as bourgeois conventions, to slaughter causality by using the innate dynamism of the film medium to overturn conventional Aristotelian notions of time and space. 

Un Chien Andalou, the short silent film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, is an illustrative example of the Surrealist cinematic expression. Inspired by the dreams of its creators, the film features a series of phenomenally loose scenes, which, based on Freudian theories, have often been interpreted as allegories. 

The script was completed in approximately ten days while the shooting of the film was finalized in about two weeks. The first public screening of Un Chien took place in Paris’ Ursulines and it was attended by a number of illustrious artists. 

According to Buñuel, his only condition as with regards to his collaboration with Dali was that the script would not contain any image or idea that could call for logical interpretation. Likewise, he emphasized the fact that “Nothing, in the film, symbolizes anything. The only method of investigating the symbols would be, perhaps, psychoanalysis. Beyond any symbolism, we were looking for a way to balance the rational with the irrational so that we could better comprehend the unspeakable and unite the dream with reality, the consciousness with the unconsciousness”.

Alexandros Mouzas
 


ERGON ENSEMBLE

Ergon Ensemble, an ensemble specialized in contemporary music, has regularly been performing for the past 8 years in the most important music venues and festivals of   Athens, among which Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall, the Hellenic Festival and the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, enjoying critical acclaim from the Greek press and audience. 

eing one of Greece’s leading contemporary music ensembles, its mission is to promote, through its virtuosic and ambitious performances, masterpieces of contemporary music, particularly the most recent works of Greek and foreign composers. 

As an Athens-Greece based ensemble with an advantage of direct access to the Greek   contemporary compositions, its ultimate aim is the promotion of Greek musical creation in the international music scene. 

Ergon, founded in 2008, is based on a core formation of soloists and is joined by talented artists specialized in new music, shaping a flexible musical ensemble of any requirement. Its members are some of the most talented young musicians, all participants of the International Ensemble Modern Academy. The musicians of Ergon come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, but share a love for contemporary music performing and a commitment to excellence in performance. 

Within the principal activities of the ensemble, apart from concerts, are: CD recordings, educational activities and inter-disciplinary collaborations combining various forms of performing arts such as Dance, Music Theater and Multimedia. 

Ergon Ensemble works in close collaboration with Ensemble Modern, and is supported and guided by the knowledge and the valuable experience of the world-leading ensemble of new music. 

Ergon Ensemble has the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation for 2014-2015.


Miltos Logiadis

Born in Athens in 1965, he studied theory and piano at the National Conservatory, where he was awarded First Prize and Distinction for Outstanding Performance. He continued his studies with a scholarship from the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation at the Munich Academy of Music with Fritz Schieri, Max Frey and Herman Michael, where he was awarded diplomas for choral and orchestral conducting, as well as a Meisterklasse Diploma with the highest grade ever granted by the Academy. 

On completion of his studies, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Munich Academy of Music conducting the Madrigal Chorus, as well as the Choir and Orchestra of the Catholic University (KHG). Following that, he was appointed conductor of the Opera of Ulm where he worked for two years. 

In 1992 he returned to Greece and became the permanent conductor of the Orchestra of Colours, invited by its founder Manos Hadjidakis. 

He has performed numerous Greek and world premieres of important works by Greek and foreign composers, conducting some of the most well-known orchestras in the world.
He is a professor of conducting at the Department of Music of the Ionion University in Corfu, Greece. 


Information
Tuesday 16th until Friday 26th of June 2015, daily at 21:00
6th Silent Film Festival
CITY SYMPHONIES
Accompanied by live music
Artistic Director: Alexandros Mouzas

The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Hall: Cinema
All of the screenings start at: 21:00
Free Entrance
Seats must be reserved: Tel: 210.34 18 579, Mon-Fri 11:00-14:00