Viewing: December 7, 2018
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer(s): Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey firmly stands in the pantheon of cinema partly due to its mystery, its spectacle, and its iconic soundtrack. But did you know that before he settled on well-known orchestral pieces that are now part of film history, Kubrick left a finished original score for the nearly three-hour epic on the cutting room floor? It begs the question: what would the experience of 2001 be like with an entirely different sound? Duo Unprepared offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to answer that question with a live, improvised performance set to an all-time classic film this December…
“I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” — Hal 9000
With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking in this classic science fiction masterpiece; a contemplation on the nature of humanity.
2001: A Space Odyssey spans from the dawn of man to its title year. Stone Age Earth: In the presence of a mysterious black obelisk, pre-humans discover the use of tools — and weapons — violently taking first steps toward intelligence. 1999: On Earth’s moon astronauts uncover another mysterious black obelisk. 2001: Between Earth and Jupiter, the spacecraft’s intelligent computer makes a mistake that kills most of the human crew — then continues to kill to hide its error. Beyond Time: The sole survivor of the journey to Jupiter ascends to the next level of humanity.
Based on the short story The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey showed the way for all other special effects-laden films that followed.
This event will feature an intermission.
About Duo Unprepared
Roger Braun (percussion) and Andre Gribou (pianos) have worked together in a wide variety of performance settings since 2000. While this includes completely improvised music – where they found they had an unusual chemistry – they also perform frequently together in classical, jazz, and world music settings. As their affinity for performing improvised music together grew they began to collaborate with other artists including world-renown improvisational dancers, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser. Braun and Gribou have appeared on numerous concert series including Washington D.C.’s Dance Place performance series, the University of Michigan, Ohio University, and Denison University. With frequent collaborator, percussionist, Anthony Di Sanza, they recently performed in Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland at the 2015 International Society for Improvised Music Conference and a tour of Wisconsin Universities.