1395 Days without Red intertwines a daily rehearsal of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra with a musician crossing the besieged city on her way to it. While a series of difficulties with the tempo interrupt the orchestra’s run-through of the First Movement of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique, the woman’s progress through the city is halted by a succession of streetcrossings that the siege has turned into probable dead-ends.
The film makes reference to the 1395 days of the siege of Sarajevo, when wearing red or bright colors risked attracting the attention of the snipers.
At each crossing she stops, holds her breath and continues. After each she catches her breath and resumes. Breathing withheld, breathing released: portions of time that evolve into measures of humming that enable her to carry on. She runs through the music while crossing the city. She runs through the city while rehearsing the music in her head. Like an improbable score, where two instruments respond to different stimuli while playing in tempo with each other, her humming and the orchestra synthesize into one tune, a tune of continuance and persistence against the odds.
In the musically seductive film cabaret Urolige hjerte Kirsten Astrup outlines an alternative portrait of a crumbling Danish welfare society.
Drag performers, amateurs, papier-mâché characters and famous actresses form the multifaceted cast of a story about the national railway company, growing privatization, political parochialism, and the gradual loss of solidarity. The work features eight pieces of music composed by Kirsten Astrup and a series of satirical lyrics and radio dialogues written by Maria Bordorff. All texts are based on heartwarming anecdotes about the train hostesses’ own cabarets during the 1990’s – as well as interviews with former railway employees sharing their concerns about the devastating effects of politically determined financial cuts and efficiency measures.
Fikret Atay smälter i VivAllah samman en kurdisk tradition som visar sig lika traditionell men närmast bortglömd här: by-trumman. I äldre tid var det by-trumslagarens uppgift att kalla samman befolkningen när något viktigt inträffat eller saker skulle kungöras.
Fikret låter trumslagaren passera genom centrala Vivalla där många nationaliteter bor. Genom verkets iscensättning blir det både ett uppväckande av en lokal tradition vars verktyg i dag förvaras på museum och en gemenskap över skilda kulturella hemvister.
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