Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed

Guy Maddin

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Performa Commission with the National Arts Centre of Canada

Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed pairs acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin’s classic first feature film with a live performance of a newly commissioned score by composer Matthew Patton. The score will be performed by a remarkable cast of Icelandic string musicians and vocalists including twin sisters Kristin Anna Valtysdottir and Gyda Valtysdottir (formerly of the band mum), Sigur Rós bandmates Amiina, Borgar Magnason, and more. This event offers a unique glimpse inside the artistic process via a performance still in its rehearsal phase prior to its premiere at the Performa11 Festival in NYC in November of this year.

Dramatic new narration, written by Maddin, will be performed live. Foley sound effects will be created live by three members of Seattle’s Aono Jikken Ensemble, and new live visuals, created on stage in front of the audience, will be conceived and directed by Maddin as well, with all of these different parts working together to create a breathtaking spectacle casting Tales from the Gimli Hospital in an entirely new light.

A cult sensation when it was released theatrically in 1988, the original Tales from the Gimli Hospital tells the dreamlike, elliptical story of the jealousy and madness instilled in two men sharing a hospital room in a remote Canadian village. The film first propelled Maddin to international prominence, become an unprecedented success on the midnight movie circuit, and is now being revisited in an entirely new way. Shot originally in the 4:3 aspect ratio of older movies, but now living in the world of widescreen, this performance will literally reframe the film. Along with the stunning backdrop of sound and narration created by the performers, this beautifully haunting and moving artwork will bring Maddin’s original film to life in stunning and unexpected ways.

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).

FREE with limited seating

Evelyn's Café will open at 5:30 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues between and after events.

Kathleen Forde

Inspired by the aesthetics and melodramatic flourishes of silent cinema, Central European literature and the desolation of his native Winnipeg, Guy Maddin has fashioned a career like no other.

Maddin was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba: the coldest and most central city in North America. His filmic output to date—nine feature–length projects and innumerable shorts—is a remarkable canon of fantasia.
His first feature, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, appeared in 1988, and became a midnight-movie classic. His second, Archangel, won the U.S. National Film Critics Award for best experimental film.
Since then he has won many other awards – including the Telluride Silver Medal for life achievement in 1995, the San Francisco International Film Festival’s prestigious Persistence of Vision award in 2006, and many more – and
created dozens of beguiling films in his unique personal style. These include such celebrated feature works as The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Brand upon the Brain! (2006); and My Winnipeg (2007).
Maddin is also a writer and teacher, and occupies the position of Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence at the University of Manitoba.

Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed
Studio 2
September 1, 2011, 7PM

“If you love movies in the very sinews of your imagination, you should experience the work of Guy Maddin.”
— Roger Ebert

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA