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The international Trade Fair for Performing Arts Films

While premières are shown on film festivals, Avant Première presents performing arts films even before: music and dance films, documentaries, portraits, concerts, live recordings - classical, contemporary or pop. 500 film productions are featured in the Avant Première Screenings as an exclusive preview to the major international public and private broadcasting stations, distribution and production companies to go on air on TV or cinema. Providing a comprehensive synopsis on the latest state-of-the-art productions from all around the world, the Avant Première Screenings offer a great information advantage to all participants. See the list of participants 2014.


The market for a specialised industry

Decision makers and market players come together for four days of intensive network and business opportunities with partners from all over the world. The Avant Première audience is complemented by opera houses, festivals, platforms, music labels, directors, script writers and artists valuing the event as a framework to advance the international art film business. A comprehensive programme around the Avant Première Screenings includes panels facing current sectoral dynamics, Special Presentations featuring industry innovations of the industry, Special Screenings presenting full length evening screenings of acclaimed performing arts films; The Booth Area invites companies to represent themselves in a branded environment, Individual Presentation Rooms allow quiet space for individual presentations and screenings, the Networking Lounge provides space for business meetings.

Avant Première is hosted by IMZ International Music + Media Centre, a global networking platform of leading international production companies, public TV stations, broadcasting and distribution institutions, opera houses, cultural and educational institutions, festivals and music labels. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of music and dance in the audiovisual media.

Among its 150 international members are major market players like the BBC, ZDF, ARTE, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Universal Music as well as individual members like composers, choreographers, musicians and directors. IMZ engages in networking events and activities from programming for film festivals to dance film competitions around the globe and holds a comprehensive film database and directory for the cultural film industry creating synergies for its members. 
  • PRODUCTION COMPANY
    Telmondis
  • CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY
    Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet, France Télévisions, Mezzo
  • DIRECTOR
    Don Kent
  • SETS, LIGHT DESIGN
    Robert Wilson
  • DURATION
    270'
  • PRODUCTION YEAR
    2014
  • RECORDED
    Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet, France, January 2014
  • MUSIC & LYRICS
    Philip Glass
  • MUSICAL DIRECTOR
    Michael Riesman
  • CHOREOGRAPHY BY
    Lucinda Childs
  • PERFORMERS
    Helga Davis, Kate Moran, Antoine Silverman, The Lucinda Childs Dance Company, The Philip Glass Ensemble
  • BOOK
    Lucinda Childs, Christopher Knowles, Samuel E. Johnson
  • SOURCE VIDEO
    HD CAM, Digibeta 16/9
  • DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
    Telmondis Distribution

An Opera in four acts by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson

At the time of its production in 1971, Deafman Glance, a wordless performance lasting seven hours, amazed French audiences and sparked the enthusiasm of Louis Aragon. A few years later, Robert Wilson joined forces this time with the composer, Philip Glass, to devise an opera that was performed at the Avignon Festival in 1976. It was to become the legend that is Einstein on the Beach. Certain themes linked to the physicist’s research, such as the theory of relativity and nuclear arms, were played out in a series of tableaux providing a highly revolutionary aesthetic: fairytale images of astonishing visual beauty were combined with very gradual changes in music and choreographed movements to form a total work of art that was to overturn the classic perception of time and space in the theatre. Restaged by its creators, with the collaboration of their long-standing choreographer, Lucinda Childs, this legendary piece is about to be rediscovered anew today.

Picturecredit: Lesley Leslie-Spinks

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