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    QATSI’s Trilogy_Glass1

    Friday 21 June 2024
    Ravenna, Teatro Alighieri
    Friday 21 June 2024 h. 9:00 p.m.
    Michael Riesman conductor
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Guido Chigi Saracini's Choir
    Orchestra della Toscana
    Philip Glass / Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance
    Duration not available yet
    Ravenna Festival
    QATSI's trilogy by Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio
    screening of Godfrey Reggio's “Naqoyqatsi: Life as War”

    commissioned by Ravenna Festival, London's Barbican Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin National Concert Hall
    World premiere
    from € 5,00 to € 35,00
    available for purchase at the Ravenna Festival box office (Teatro Alighieri, Via A. Mariani 2, Ravenna), mon-sat 10:00-13:00, on thursday also 16:00-18:00; online: o For further informations contact or call + 39 0544 249244.

    Koyaanisqatsi – “life without balance” in hopi language – is a formidable visual-sound poem, born of the collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. Together they revolutionized the music/image relationship after which nothing has ever been the same (just think of the use of slow motion and time-lapse). These are true immersive sensory experiences that tell – sometimes prophetically – the story of contemporary man’s chaotic obsession with technological progress at all costs, too often at the expense of nature.

    Since 1983’s Koyaanisqatsi to 2002’s Naqoyqatsi, passing through Powaqqatsi (1988), Reggio and Glass take us on a journey from the ancient to the contemporary, from wilderness to the ubiquitous industrial revolution, exploring what life has become: without any balance, in continuous transformation and haunted by conflicts and wars, destruction and pollution. Yet, our eyes and ears are continually the target of wonder and excitement. Also starring is the Philip Glass Ensemble, a now-legendary ensemble celebrating its 50th birthday.

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