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Maddin brings Manitoba to the world, again
Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:37 AM
 
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In a unique live cinematic and musical event, Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed will play at the Lincoln Centre in New York November 18, 19 and 20. The film, which, first propelled Maddin to international prominence is now being completely transformed by this brand new performance. Originally released in 1988, it has been reframed to fit wide screen and its original soundtrack has been stripped away and replaced by a new score by Winnipeg composer Matthew Patton, Icelandic musicians Kristín Anna & Gyda Valtysdottir, Maria Huld Sigfusdottir and Borgar Magnuson and the Seattle-based Aono Jikken Ensemble. All formerly spoken dialogue will be half sung by Kristin Anna Valtysodttir, one of the founding members of the legendary Icelandic group, múm.

It has also been slightly re-edited to include homeless fragments of myth shot by Maddin over the past 23 years, all part of his ongoing efforts to speed up the “composting of myth,” and the possible overnight creation of new mythologies.

Gimli Hospital may have aged 23 years since its first screening, but Maddin hopes that his hothouse composting of history will allow for much additional myth-making to have accrued in the film’s favour.

Maddin will be directing rehearsals for a week leading up to the screening and its live performance of voice, effects and score. There will be six performances at the Lincoln Centre, in total, two per day.

Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed will be premiered at the Performa 11 Biennial in November 2011 and is a Performa Commission with the National Arts Centre of Canada. Additional production support and residency provided by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

Guy Maddin is the Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence for the Faculty of Arts’ department of English, film and theatre, and the department of Icelandic language and literature.
 
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