Rare Silent Films to be Screened at Spanish Synagogue

Five silent films by women directors of the ’30s and ’40s will be accompanied by the modern orchestral sounds of the BERG

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 26.09.2016 16:50:21 (updated on 26.09.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

The Berg Orchestra, a Prague-based collective devoted to contemporary music, has long been known for its innovative performances and compositions, drawing inspiration from the sounds of the Prague cityscape and the natural musicality of the human body.

The group also incorporates film into one of its most popular performance series, Cinegogue, which takes place throughout the year at the Spanish Synagogue.

The latest installment of the Cinegogue event will feature cult silent films by women directors of the ’30s and ’40s set to original music by Czech composers.

The Second Sex  (Oct 9-10) will include footage from films by American experimental filmmaker Maya Deren whose Meshes of the Afternoon was included in the BBC’s Top 40 American Films Ever Made. 

Avant-garde films by Austrian born dancer and actress Tilly Losch (Dance of Hands) and American cinematographer Stella F. Simon (Hands: The Life and Love of a Gentle Sex) are also on the program.

Original music composed by Matouš Hejl , Jiří Lukeš, Michaela Pálka Plachká, Tomáš Reindl, and Miro Tóth will be performed live by the Berg Orchestra under the direction of Peter Vrábel.

The event takes place in collaboration with the Jewish Museum in Prague; free entry to the Robert Gutmann Gallery is included in the price of admission. Tickets are 150-250 CZK.

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