06 Dec 8:30 pm: Leap of Death
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The film, 4 Devils was released in 1928 by Fox Film Corporation. Directed by FW Murnau (Sunrise, Nosferatu), the circus-themed melodrama was a full-fledged Hollywood production of the late silent era. After its release, the film disappeared, and remains ‘lost’ to this day.
Eighty-five years later, composer Robert Stillman conjures 4 Devils back into existence with Leap of Death, a suite that leads the listener through a musical reconstruction of the film’s possible narrative. Leap of Death is performed by saxophonist Stillman and the Archaic Future Players, an ensemble featuring some of the UK’s leading young musicians. The live music will be augmented by projected images and text by artist/writer Anna Fewster from the recently published bookwork/LP Leap of Death, creating an engaging, multimedia encounter with the ghost of the 4 Devils film.
Introduced by film scholar Michael Lawrence (School of Media Film and Music, University of Sussex)
Please join the artists after the performance for a reception featuring display copies of the bookwork/LP Leap of Death.