Symphonic Cinema – created by film director Lucas van Woerkum – is a new way to approach classical music masterpieces.
Live music with film seems nothing special these days. Why then bother about Symphonic Cinema? , you might ask. Because it’s different. And it’s interesting for two reasons.
First of all, Lucas chooses a musical score and creates a film that follows the narratives and emotions of the music. His version of Stravinsky’s Firebird f.e. provides a freely adapted version of the original story from the ballet. The film has a contemporary feel and look. It is produced for a young audience. Appearances in the movies are cool. And the emotions are honest and true.
The clip of Daphnis and Chloe (click here to see the trailer)) f.e. shows a scene on the dance floor where the inner meaning of the music and the images on the screen go perfectly well together. Even more: it’s intriguing. In other words: Lucas provides a tool for a contemporary interpretation of a musical masterwork.
The second important aspect of his approach is the fact, that the musicians are – in the words of Lucas van Woerkum – “free to perform completely unrestricted and interpret the music as they wish”. Symphonic Cinema comes with a specifically designed software that allows to synchronize the film to the music. In other words, it is not the film that defines tempi and interpretations. Rather, the different sequences of the film are mixed live to the performance, if you want.What you hear in the concerthall is the true musical interpretation of the work.
So far Symphonic Cinema has mostly been presented in the Netherlands. But now the project goes international: Firebird will be presented by the BBC Symphony at the Barbican Center in London on April 29th, 2017. And the Royal Flemish Philharmonic will present the same work in Antwerpen on June 1st, 2018.
Check it out!
You find a couple of clips on Lucas’ website here:
link to the company: http://symphoniccinema.com