Performance:Live Soundtrack for Polish Mute Film(ChoP Project @Shanghai/Hangzhou)
Aug 23, 2014 Saturday 18:00 - 20:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
The Strong Man (Mocny człowiek) (1929) was one of Szaro’s favourite adaptations. The film was based on the controversial novel by the Polish author Stanisław Przybyszewsky, known as "the discoverer of the naked human soul". The film tells the story of a mediocre journalist, Henryk Bielecki (Gregori Chmara) who dreams of fame and glory and who will stop at no lengths, not even murder, to achieve success, stealing an unknown manuscript from a friend. However with fame, come pangs of conscience." !The film is remarkable for its very up-to-date themes, such as the matter of morality of fame and success, the problem of intellectual property, and the motif of drug abuse and crime. The Strong Man is a lively, dynamic and intense drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat." !Described as the greatest Polish film of the silent era, and rooted in German expressionism and Soviet Russian cinema, The Strong Man can be ranked alongside other world class silent cinema classics of the period, such as Dziga Vertov’s The Man With A Movie Camera (1929) or Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)." !Szaro’s film was considered to be lost forever, like many other titles that disappeared during World War II , until a copy was found in 1997 at the Royal Film Archive in Brussels and fully restored.
Henryk Szaro (b. Warsaw 1900, d. 1942 Warsaw) was a theatre director and screenwriter known for his literary adaptations of important Polish authors and who directed some of his films in Yiddish. Szaro is considered to be one of the most important figures in the Polish film industry of the silent film era. He tragically died, aged 42, in the Warsaw ghetto.He was killed on the street during the war by the Germans." !
Grzegorz Bojanek (1975), also known as Eta Carinae, is the founder of the net label: www.etalabel.com. Since 2007 he has been the artistic producer of Warsaw Electronic Festival. As an artist he consequently introduces field recordings and electroacoustic sounds into his compositions which are the combination of the modern melodics ambient and sometimes noise. He cooperated with many artists from USA, Canada and China. Grzegorz is the co-founder of ChoP project where he concentrates on multicultural collaboration between China and Poland. Together with Zen Lu, Grzegorz collaborated with British film direcotr Isaac Julien on his latest project “Better Life” (“Ten Thousand Waves”) – starring Maggie Cheung. Among others the film was shown during the 67th Venice Film Festival 2010 and 8th Shanghai Biennale, where Greg and Zen played live soundtrack during the grand opening. Nowadays Grzegorz is working on his new album for a California based label Dynamophone. In 2011 the most important events were ChoP EURO Tour and ChoP Tour in China where one of the concerts was performed during the Shanghai Electronic Music Week.
Zen Lu, experimental/electronic musician, sound artist, founder of We Play! Records and Neo Sound new art group and events curator. He’s one of the founders of ChoP, a musical project between China and Poland. Zen Lu is also a member of N2 New Media Art Lab, working and residing in Shenzhen, PRC.
Early 2007, Zen Lu founded Shenzhen independent label ‘We Play! Records’ and organizing events with artists from all over the world as well as. Apart from these,he composing music for dramas and movies.... Read More
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