Join the EEFF at the spectacular Oval Space for a night of live cross-arts events, performance, film and live music celebrating the boundaries between sound and image.
7:00 PM PAS DE DEUX: WORLD PREMIERE
The World Premiere of a brand new live commission, featuring maverick electronic musician Luke Abbott (Border Community/Buffalo Temple), live visuals wizard Dan Tombs (Jon Hopkins, Fuck Buttons) and award-winning dance artist Lucy Suggate.
A true cross-arts spectacular, this live reinterpretation of Norman McLaren’s Oscar-nominated Pas de Deux (1968) features live dance, manipulated reprojections and a semi-improvised drone score. A spectacular portrayal of dance and movement, with a shimmering soundtrack, it is presented alongside the World Premiere of a series of new artist film commissions.
Produced by Kate Wilson. Supported by Arts Council England (See events page for the ACE supported Norman McLaren retrospective supporting this event).
9:30 PM FANTASTIC PLANET LIVE RESPONSE BY JC FLOWERS (ATP RECORDS)
René Laloux’s animated Cannes-winning marvel Fantastic Planet (France/Czechoslovakia, 1973) is one of the most unique and visually arresting films ever made. Set on the distant planet Ygam, enslaved humans live under the control of a giant race of blue aliens. But the humans are organising to rise up against their oppressors. Fantastic Planet will get the perfect live accompaniment by London psych-pop outfit JC Flowers, who will be intertwining their unique, tense and freewheeling sound with this weird and wonderful counterculture classic.
Conveniently, JC Flowers are a band so paranoid they can barely watch the film and remain conscious. We expect them to bring the necessary tension to this story of existential dread and revolutionary intrigue.
11:00 PM JOHN DORAN, LONE TAXIDERMIST + ROSS BLAKE: INTERFERENCE
Playing a selection of Middle Eastern, spunk funk, Electro chaabi, and space bangers, witness the records of DJ John Doran (The Quietus) being manipulated by Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist), interfering via sharp splices, loops and effects applied to voice and analogue synths, all on the fly and in the moment. A tall man named Ross Blake will be adding his special brew of visuals to the mix.
A retrospective of Norman McLaren, one of Britain’s most important abstract film artists, in celebration of a new live score and artist film commission inspired by his work. Join EEFF for a special selection of films exploring McLaren’s use of music, dance and movement, followed by a special panel discussion featuring experts on McLaren’s work, and the artists and filmmakers working with the East End Film Festival this year to create new work inspired by the master filmmaker. A kaleidoscope of sound, image and invention.
Tickets available from the Whitechapel Gallery website here. Part of EEFF’s Psych Space event at Oval Space. More info here.