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“Barend Schipper: Villa Concert”


A Rebirth of Romantic Music In our Inter Cultural Time”

A film by Barend Schipper and Arno Cupédo

On Thursday 27 January, at 14:00 h. and on Saturday 29 January at 10:30 h. the festive preview of this movie takes place in Art Film House Images. In the week of these showings the Diaghilev Festival also takes place in Groningen. At the start of the performances Barend Schipper gives a short introduction on the making of the film.

This film of musician Schipper and filmmaker Cupédo shows a classical “direct creation concert” in a villa by composer, concert pianist, vocalist and actor Schipper. The movie is about beauty and authenticity in our time. It is a true music movie: Schipper and Cupédo shared direction and editing. The result is a special cross-over between film and classical music, the images of the concert work as sounds.

The movie though is about much more than music alone: it’s also the lively contact with the audience, the singing that turns unnoticed into acting. Music and cultures from the past and our surrounding countries integrate in Schipper’s appealing Romantic music.

Before the intermission Schipper plays his appealing Romantic piano music. After the intermission he performs poetry and prose. Poems of the great French romantic Arthur Rimbaud come to life in all intensity. Letters of the painter Paul Gauguin take us to a Stone Age culture in the South Pacific in confrontation with our own. With the poem about Venice by the contemporary Canadian poet James Strecker the movie comes to a wild climax, leaving us behind with a sense of fulfillment, melancholic humor and beauty.

Entrance: € 8,00, reservation recommended. Reservations: Filmhuis Images 050- 3120433. Address Poelestraat 30, Groningen (side street Grote Markt)On the website of the producer MIF you can find some fragments of the movie: