Still from Battleship Potemkin - blood drips down the face of an old woman with broken glasses.
Still from Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin: Music by Michael Nyman

Part of Rebellion and Resistance and Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13

Sunday 30 September 2012

Symphony Hall

This event is archived

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Sergei Eisenstein’s iconic silent film Battleship Potemkin (1925) is acknowledged as one of the greatest films of all time. It dramatises the naval mutiny in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potyomkin rebelled against their brutal Tsarist officers, precipitating a street demonstration and a massacre. The film’s startling visual language and unforgettable sequences delivered a blow to the solar plexus of the film industry and changed the history of cinema.

Michael Nyman and his band give the UK premiere of his new score, full of raw, intense energy. Plus there’s a chance to hear selected music from Nyman’s famous scores for Peter Greenaway films, including The Draughtsman’s Contract, A Zed & Two Noughts, and Prospero’s Books.

Commissioned by Arts 276 – Festival Automne en Normandie, Cité de la Musique, Les Dominicains de Haute-Alsace, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Holland Festival.

Film by Sergei Eisenstein
Music by Michael Nyman (UK premiere)
Performed by Michael Nyman Band

Michael Nyman Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds from The Draughtsman’s Contract
  An Eye for Optical Theory from The Draughtsman’s Contract  
  Prawn Watching from A Zed and Two Noughts  
  Time Lapse from A Zed and Two Noughts  
  Prospero’s Curse from Prospero’s Books  
  Come Unto These Yellow Sands from Prospero’s Books  
  Miranda from Prospero’s Books  

Battleship Potemkin (film screening, certificate PG)

6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Michael Nyman

£9.50, £15, £20, £25, £30*
60plus £9.50, £14.50, £19, £24, £28.50*

Choir, Chorus Boxes and Stalls front four rows not available.
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50% discount on full priced tickets. If you require a companion, they are also entitled to a 50% discount.

Students and under 25s
50% discount on full priced tickets.

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