Dead Glamorous

Dead Glamorous

A programme of underground films with specially commissioned live music performed live.

The programme includes Jean Genet’s poetic fantasy Un chant d’amour (1950), set in a male prison which has music by Patrick Nunn. Eaux d’artifice (1953) by American film-maker Kenneth Anger, was filmed in the gardens of Tivoli, a game of hide and seek in a baroque night-time labyrinth of staircases, fountains, gargoyles and balustrades. The new score is a re-working of Vivaldi’s music by Charlie Barber.

The earliest film in the programme is Entr’acte (1924) directed by René Clair with music by Erik Satie. The film was created for a new work by Francis Picabia, the Dadaist artist, for the Swedish Ballet. Screened between the two acts of the ballet, the premiere in Paris was greeted with as much hissing and booing as it was with applause; the Dadaist philosophy, based in part on offending its audience, was once again triumphantly realised.

Also in the programme is Garden in Luxor (1972), an early film of Derek Jarman which is accompanied by music from American composer Robert Moran and End Synch Sound by composer Andrew Poppy which incorporates a 1950s documentary of life in a Chinese village.

Music direction: Charlie Barber

Musicians: Simon Stewart (clarinet, saxophones), Christian Forshaw (clarinet, saxophones), Alan MacDonald (trumpet), Gwyn Daniels / Steven Legge (trombone), David Appleton (piano), Tim Wright (percussion), Harry Fowler (percussion), Jeff Moore (violin), Tim Davies (violin), John Rayson (viola), Sharon McKinley (cello), Paula Gardiner (double bass, bass guitar)

Company manager: Alex Lemmon


10.10.98NEWARKPalace Theatre
15.10.98BUILTH WELLSWyeside Arts Centre
22.10.98SWANSEATaliesin Arts Centre
25.10.98BANGORTheatr Gwynedd
30.10.98LEICESTERPhoenix Arts
07.11.98CARDIFFSherman Theatre

With the financial support of: Arts Council of Wales, Musicians’ Union



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