Thu., March 16, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

BRIC Arts Media House
647 Fulton St.
New York, NY  11217
Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animated film, serves as lead instrument when the great Danish psych-rock quartet Dungen (meaning "the grove") perform an original instrumental score commissioned by the Swedish Film Institute. Reiniger developed her frame-by-frame animation style, reminiscent of Indonesian wayang shadow puppetry, as a silhouette-snipping girl. Her 1926 film is a proto-Disney adventure story in which the eponymous prince (who takes a cameo turn early in the Mouse Factory's Aladdin) rescues a caliph's daughter from an evil sorcerer. Dungen's recording of the score, Häxen, takes its title from the film's real heroine, in their estimation: its day-saving Witch. Facing the screen, backs to audience, Dungen performs music that veers from mellow Mellotron vibes to fiery space-rock fueled by lead guitarist Reine Fiske.
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