If you’ve seen Pram play live, you’ll know that their collaboration with Film Ficciones can make for a heady concoction. Both parties spent last summer holed up at the Schlachthof arts centre in southern Germany working on a new project, and we’re delighted to kick off Flatpack with the fruit of their labours; the UK premiere of Shadow Shows.
The performance is built around a triple-screen film projection, incorporating techniques of early cinema and a variety of shadow effects. The original music score and sound effects are performed live by Pram as hidden conspirators behind a giant film screen, occasionally also glimpsed as silhouetted figures incorporated into its fractured scheme of images. The musicians employ an eclectic mixture of electronic and acoustic instruments, while the sound effects are created using hand-crafted devices from the theatre of a bygone age.
The dreamlike forest landscape of the film itself was inspired by two artists local to the Schwebian region where it was developed: pioneering cut-out animator Lotte Reiniger, best known for her 1926 feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and school-teacher Johannes Seipp, who created exquisite silhouette images on glass slides to illustrate traditional folk tales.
Please note that Shadow Shows incorporates low lighting, some smoke effects and strobing imagery. It may also be unsuitable for very young children.
There will be strictly NO LATE ADMITTANCE once the show starts, 15 minutes after the scheduled programme time. Similarly, there will be a strict NO RE-ADMITTANCE policy throughout the performance for people who wish to leave. The performance lasts for 45 minutes without interval.
Shadow Shows has been made possible by the PRS for Music Foundation.