With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc‘ convinced the world that movies could be art.
Live score performed by Cork composer Irene Buckley, soprano Emma Nash and organist Rhoda Dullea
Date: 1st August 2012; Time: 8pm; Venue: Abbeystrewry Chruch, Skibbereen, Co.Cork
Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Based on the actual trial records, Joan endures the loathing, envy, taunting and deceit of the French church court. Forced to confess to witchcraft and sorcery it is only through her unwavering faith that she can endure and rise above her tormentors, although even she has her moment of doubt.
For this specially commissioned cine-concert composer Irene Buckley has used the text and the structure of the Requiem Mass, to create an evocative new work scored for soprano (Emma Nash), organ (Rhoda Dullea) and electronics. The Cork-born composer’s pieces are characterised by the dynamic interplay between medieval and contemporary composition and have been performed in locations from Carnegie Hall to Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam). With its raw emotional power, evocative setting and haunting score, The Passion of Joan of Arc is an awe-inspiring evening of music and film.