The Cinema Cabaret

The Cinema Cabaret: Live Film Narration

"This is the leading edge of a new art form... [with] an astonishing power in the duel between live performance and familiar sequence." Claire Light, KQED (San Francisco)

Jack H. Skirball Series

The art of live film narration reached its peak with the benshi, a performer who voiced silent films from the stage. Reviving this tradition with a contemporary twist, the "neo-benshi" mutes the soundtrack in scenes from feature films or TV shows and uses in-synch commentary, ventriloquism or music to reinscribe the source material with new meanings. The resulting work ranges from hilarious parodies to sly critiques to more subversive interpretations. The Cinema Cabaret returns to REDCAT with a new program, featuring poets and filmmakers who perform live redubbings of scenes from Bollywood's Silsila (1981), the atomic noir On the Beach (1959), classics such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and others.

Curated by Jen Hofer and Konrad Steiner.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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WED 4/29
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff