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Sat 15 Mar 2008, 8:00pm–9:15pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • 'A' Reserve: $70.00
  • 'A' Reserve- Friend: $65.00
  • 'B' Reserve: $55.00
  • 'B' Reserve - Friend: $50.00
  • 'C' Reserve: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Olivia Bruce

Lights, camera, action ... music!

A triple bill of classic Charlie Chaplin films shown on the big screen is injected with new life by maverick composer Benedict Mason's ingenious contemporary live score, ChaplinOperas.

Inspired by three short masterpieces, Easy Street, The Adventurer and The Immigrant, ChaplinOperas explores Chaplin's anarchic vision through an exuberantly inventive score. A riot of voices, classical instruments, toys, a coffee grinder, pop guns, brushes, sirens and sampled sounds, this semi-operatic filmspiel is a foil to Chaplin's humour. ChaplinOperas wittily takes the movies to new places, playing for laughs as well as on the connections between contemporary stage and silver screen.

Benedict Mason, who created the work in 1988, composed the music to run parallel with the action in the film. It's a virtuosic workout for the ensemble, consisting of a stream-of-consciousness libretto that quotes Joyce's Ulysses and a composition that references Eisler, Mahler, children's counting rhymes and film-noir scores.

Performed by leading New Zealand new-music group Stroma and top contemporary conductor Hamish McKeich, this is Chaplin as you've never heard him before.

Conductor Hamish McKeich
With Stroma

Photo credit - Film Preservation Associates

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