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THE CINEMA CABARET: NEO-BENSHI LIVE FILM NARRATION

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THE CINEMA CABARET: NEO-BENSHI LIVE FILM NARRATION © Courtesy of REDCAT
Group Show
THE CINEMA CABARET: NEO-BENSHI LIVE FILM NARRATION

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
December 3rd, 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Screening
WEBSITE:  
http://redcat.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
redcatpr@calarts.edu
PHONE:  
213-237-2800
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission

DESCRIPTION

"Neo-benshi at its best mashes up subversive written scripts, deft acting, and acrobatic mind-eye coordination."Steve Dickinson, The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University

Poets from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York gather at REDCAT to offer a fresh take on the Japanese tradition of “benshi”—a writer or actor who provides live narration and commentary alongside silent films. The neo-benshi concept invites writers/performers to choose scenes from well-known narrative features or TV shows, mute the soundtrack, and re-inscribe the familiar images with new meanings. Relying mainly on language and sound, this practice leads to a great variety of interventions that range from hilarious deadpan ventriloquism to more trenchant re-readings of the original material. The artists this evening perform live redubbing of scenes from Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Poison (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1958), Vive L’Amour (Ai qing wan sui, 1994), Uzumaki (2000), Minority Report (2002) and other works.

Curated and produced by Konrad Steiner and Jen Hofer with Nada Gordon, Roxi Power Hamilton, Douglas Kearney, Eileen Myles, Jennifer Nellis and Stephanie Young.