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Music score & artistic direction: Eric Sleichim

Musicians: BL!NDMAN [strings]
Violin: Stefanie Van Backlé
Violin: Femke Verstappen
Viola: Hélène Koerver
Cello: Suzanne Vermeyen

Sound design: Dries D’Hondt
Lighting design: Wim Bernaers
Production management: Tanja Vrancken

Thanks to: Kaaitheater, Mosfilm Cinema Concern

ARSENAL is a BL!NDMAN production.

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.

ARSENAL

ARSENAL is the new silent movie project of BL!NDMAN.

Dovzhenko, the director of Arsenal (1928), is regarded as one of the most important early Soviet filmmakers, alongside Eisenstein and Pudovkin, and a pioneer of Soviet montage theory. In Arsenal Dovzhenko not only focuses on the start of the Soviet revolution in Ukraine, but also addresses the absurdity of war. Dovzhenko overwhelms the viewer with expressive images, sometimes shocking, at other times poetic.

Eric Sleichim created a new score for this expressive movie, consisting of quotes and citations from 20th century music for strings and live-electronics. BL!NDMAN [strings] play the music live with the film.

PLOT: The Great War (World War I) has brought devastation, heartache, and hardship to the Ukrainian people. Their soldiers, likewise, have faced horrors from the enemy and threats from their own officers. One recently demobilized Ukrainian soldier, Timosh, returns home after surviving a train wreck, and arrives during a celebration of Ukrainian freedom. But Timosh begins to challenge the local authorities, and then, at the All-Ukrainian Congress, he calls for the soviet system to be adopted. In Kiev’s Arsenal munitions plant, where Timosh has worked, feelings are running especially high.

programme

Arvo Pärt, Fratres (introduction)
Gyorgy Ligeti, Sonata in six movements (mvt 1)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Ten Preludes for Violoncello (Prelude 1 and 2)
Kaija Saariaho: Nocturne
Helmut Lachenmann: Pression
Maurice Ravel: Quatuor (arrangement Eric Sleichim)
Eric Sleichim: Gestimmtseit (mvt 2)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet Nr. 19 (K.465) (Adagio)
Dimitri Shostakovich: String Quartet Nr. 7
Toshio Hosokawa: Silent Flowers
George Crumb: Black Angels (mvt 1)
Enno Poppe: Haare
Eric Sleichim: Gestimmtseit (mvt 3)
Henri Vieuxtemps: Capriccio in c minor
Maurice Ravel: Duo Sonate
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet Nr. 19 (K.465) (Allegro)
Luciano Berio: Les mots sont allés
Guillaume Lekeu: Meditation for String Quartet


ARSENAL played among others on the following locations:

2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - kaaitheater
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BL!NDMAN       contact info

Sainctelettesquare 18-19
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 201 59 47

contact:

general and artistic direction:
management:   M +32 485 30 98 01
technical coordination & sound engineer:   M +32 485 53 68 16
production manager:   M +32 498 54 96 81

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.