An Expanded Cinema Event
Live at The Rosny Barn 26/08/21
Dani Kirby Piano/Voice
Mat Ward Bass/Intonarumori/Percussion
Dylan Banks Intonarumori
The performance by Kirby, Ward and Banks showcases the 7 major short films Deren produced from 1943 to 1958. These are three of the seven soundtracks performned on the night.
Deren employed a vast array of cinematic devices (looping, reversing, overlaying and time manipulation) to create vignettes that focused on graphic and kinetic form rather than straightforward narrative. Conceptually the work examines rhythm, isolation, social constructs, movement and ritual, all of which is underpinned by the notion of the inner world and its disconnection from the space of everyday life.
It is the conceptual framework of Deren’s cinema that informs the scores produced for this project. Rather than compositions that ‘soundtrack’ the action and the visual imagery the music reflects and explores Deren’s philosophical beliefs and her desire to immerse her audience in a world that is barely hinted at in everyday life yet sits just under the skin of reality.