SF Silent Film Fest—Legong: Dance of the Virgins

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Sekar Jaya & Club Foot Orchestra perform a new score with an orchestra of Western & Balinese instruments for Legong: Dance of the Virgins
JULY 20 (2:15pm)
Castro Theater, San Francisco

Admission: $13-$15
For tickets, visit: www.silentfilm.org
Sekar Jaya has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for this rare event—the screening of Legong: Dance of the Virgins (a silent movie filmed in Bali in the 1930s), along with a live performance of the acclaimed new score by Balinese gamelan virtuoso I Made Subandi, and acclaimed silent film composer Richard Marriott. Together they will lead Sekar Jaya & Club Foot Orchestra in their collaborative score.
“This exceptional event ...engulfs the senses and sets the imagination soaring.” SF Chronicle

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In order to produce an event of such magnitude, with artists coming in from Bali & New York, Sekar Jaya & Club Foot can't cover expenses with the festival fee alone. We are turning to our devoted fans, lovers of gamelan, of silent film, and of cross-cultural collaborations, to help pitch in to ensure that we can balance the books on this incredible event. We have set a modest goal of $2800, and are encouraging donations from $10 - $500. We have great gifts to choose from - VIP tickets, CDs, DVDs & more!
“The live score … is a potent blend of tuneful Western-style romanticism and the pulsating overtones of gamelan. The music makes "Legong: Dance of the Virgins" a rare event.”  SF Chronicle
About the Film:
Bali, 1935 Director Henri de la Falaise
Cast Poetoe Aloes Goesti, Bagus Mara Goesti, Saplak Njoman, Njong Njong Njoman
One of the last features shot in two-strip Technicolor, Legong was filmed entirely on location in Bali in 1935 by the Marquis Henry de la Falaise (a WWI hero, the ex-husband of Gloria Swanson, and the current spouse of Constance Bennett). The film is a tragic tale of love denied—Poutou, a respected Legong dancer, falls in love with young musician, Nyoung. Her father is delighted with Poutou's choice and wants to help her to conquer Nyoung's heart. But Poutou's half-sister Saplak pines for the musician. When Nyoung chooses Saplak, Poutou drowns herself. Legong's real theme is much more than mere melodrama—it is the delineation of Balinese culture. De la Falaise captured religious rituals including frenetic dances and mystical parades, and everyday dealings at the local marketplace. Small details chronicling the life of the villagers make the film an absorbing and mesmerizing quasi-documentary in gorgeous Two-Color Technicolor! Approximately 65 minutes.

General $15 / Member $13
 

Date: 
July 20, 2013 - 2:15pm - 3:15pm

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