Sculpting Air—the Music Documentaries of Frank Scheffer

Music
In-Venue
1
Mar
5
Mar

Introduction

Music documentaries of Frank Scheffer, with live performances

The Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer’s music documentaries and his exceptional access to major musicians of the day have made him a unique and powerful musical chronicler. Since the 1980s, Scheffer has interviewed the great composers of our time, including John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Edgard Varèse’s protégé Chou Wen-chung, documenting their creative journeys through his lens, allowing the viewer a close and personal encounter with these musical giants. Three Scheffer classics are presented in this series – Voyage to Cythera, a documentary on Luciano Berio's extraordinary, kaleidoscopic Sinfonia. Conducting Mahler features interviews of conductors on their personal relationships with Mahler's music. In Inner Landscape, Scheffer captures the creative process of Guo Wenjing in making his chamber opera Si Fan. Two of them will be accompanied by live performances to illuminate and complement the films.

Voyage to Cythera
Mar 1–2

Director
Frank Scheffer

Cinematography
Joost van Gelder

Music
Luciano Berio

Conducting Mahler
Mar 3, 5

Director
Frank Scheffer

Cinematography
Melle van Essen, Joost van Gelder

Music
Gustav Mahler

Live Performance

Mahler
“Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld” from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
“Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
“Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from Rückert-Lieder

Baritone: Caleb Woo
Piano: Alexander Wong

Inner Landscape
Mar 4–5

Director
Frank Scheffer

Cinematography
Melle van Essen, Joewi Verhoeven, Benito Strangio, Jean Cournet, Frank Scheffer

Music
Guo Wenjing

Si Fan

Composed by
Guo Wenjing

Soprano
Shen Tiemei

Chongqing Chuanju Opera Ensemble
Nieuw Ensemble

Conductor
Ed Spanjaard

Director
Frank Scheffer

Live Performance
Guo Wenjing
Drama, for three pairs of cymbals and players’ voices, Op 23
Parade, trio for six Beijing Opera Gongs, Op 40
The Up:Strike Project

Remarks

Voyage to Cythera
Approx. 1 hr
The film will be shown in English with Chinese and English subtitles

Conducting Mahler
Approx. 1 hr 30 mins with no interval
The film will be shown in English and German with Chinese and English subtitles

Inner Landscape & Si Fan
Approx. 3 hrs incl. one interval
The film will be shown in Putonghua, English and Dutch with Chinese and English subtitles