Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet will present two new works in conjunction with the screening of the 1977 film, Suspiria.
The first piece, entitled Shades by Victoria Tran, is an ethereal performance drawing from the mythological idea that the ghosts or spirits of the dead reside in the shadows of the underworld. Shades is set to the eerie hum of Tibetan singing bowls and the movement itself is inspired by Butoh, a form of avant garde performance art that arose in Japan in 1959, which encompasses slow, distorted movements meant to reflect organic natural beauty.
The second piece, entitled Coven by Emilie Skinner, features a sinister cast of witches writhing and relishing in the power of their spell as they seek to destroy their latest victim. Mixed and mastered by Daniel Skinner, the music pulls from selections from the Suspiria soundtrack by Goblin, as well as works by Ennio Morricone, Claudio Gizzi, and Lalo Schifrin, and acts as the perfect segue to the film.
Suspiria (Latin for sighs) is a 1977 Italian horror film by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento.
Critics have called it "one of the most striking assaults on the senses ever to be committed to celluloid [...] this unrelenting tale of the supernatural was—and likely still is—the closest a filmmaker has come to capturing a nightmare on film."
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the staff of the school is actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction.