San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
With Adrian Utley, Will Gregory and Charles Hazlewood
Supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Taking place at Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
Friday 7 October 2016
Doors open: 7 pm
Start time: 8 pm
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, in collaboration with British Paraorchestra conductor Charles Hazlewood, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), presents a special live orchestral performance and film screening in the magnificent medieval setting of Wells Cathedral. Adrian Utley and Will Gregory have devised a new score soundtracking the dramatic and moving narrative of Danish film director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (1928), which chronicles Joan of Arc’s trial and execution during her captivity in France. Initially commissioned by Colston Hall and supported by Watershed, Bristol, the inventive new score will be performed live alongside a screening of the film, led by Charles Hazlewood with guitars, horns, harp, synthesisers, percussion and an 8 voice choir.
Wells Cathedral is located at the heart of England’s smallest city, Wells in Somerset, situated 13 miles from Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Cited as one of the earliest English cathedrals to be constructed in Gothic style, the building is a treasured and significant architectural landmark in the south west of England. The distinguished setting will provide a unique opportunity to witness Hazlewood, Utley and Gregory’s breathtaking and inspired production.
‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ performance at Wells Cathedral will be Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s second collaboration with Somerset-based world-renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood. It follows the recent David Bowie tribute at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which involved Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra in a performance of Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, inspired by Bowie’s 1997 album.
Iwan and Manuela Wirth, Presidents and co-Founders of Hauser & Wirth, say: ‘There is a hive of creativity in the south west of England and ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ represents the very best of it – three artistic bright lights have brought their talents together to breathe new life into a cinematic masterpiece, reigniting it for a new generation. I could not imagine a more fitting setting for such an act than the spectacular Wells Cathedral. Their spirit of collaboration, invention and an adventure across creative disciplines is water from the same well that we draw from at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This inspired project connects the dots between community, art and architecture – three of our shared passions – and we couldn’t be prouder to support it.'
The use of the Cathedral is by kind permission of the Chapter of Wells Cathedral.
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Hauser & Wirth is an international gallery devoted to contemporary and modern art, founded in Switzerland by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992. It is now a global enterprise, with spaces in Zurich, London, New York, Somerset, and Los Angeles. The gallery represents over 60 established and emerging artists, including Mark Bradford, Christoph Büchel, Roni Horn, Paul McCarthy and Pipilotti Rist, and is responsible for artist estates and foundations including the Louise Bourgeois Studio, the Estate of Philip Guston, the Eva Hesse Estate, Allan Kaprow Estate, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Estate of Jason Rhoades and the Dieter Roth Estate.
Hauser & Wirth is also a publisher specialising in books on modern and contemporary art and has published over 100 titles since 1992. Hauser & Wirth's publishing activity consists of monographs, artists' books, historic exhibition catalogues, collections of artists' writings and catalogues raisonnés.