2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Georges Méliès, a founding father of cinema. Georges Méliès: A Cine-Concert presents a selection of his pioneering shorts accompanied, as they were in the 1900s, by piano improvisations and narration. Kentridge’s film Journey to the Moon, a homage to the work of Méliès, follows. The performance is curated by Emilie Demon, who explains that “like Méliès, Kentridge functions as creative director, actor, writer, and cinematographer in his productions. Their films explore the magic of cinema by combining live action, illusionism and animated drawing.” The cineconcert is composed of 12 Méliès’ films with a live piano performance by his great-great-grandson Lawrence Lehérissey on piano and French narration by his greatgranddaughter Marie-Hélène Lehérissey (translated by Sylvaine Strike). Miller’s music and Richards’ piano performance accompany Kentridge’s film. Emilie Demon, from Small Eyes productions, initiated this project with the assistance of William Kentridge, Thomas Rodrique, Henri Vergon and Anne McIlleron.
12 Films: By Georges Méliès Music performed by Lawrence Lehérissey Narration in French by Marie-Hélène Lehérissey
Narration in English by Sylvaine Strike
JOURNEY TO THE MOON: By William Kentridge Music composed by Philip Miller Music performed by Jill Richards Curated by Emilie Demon & William Kentridge