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performances ¡ gamelan oneirum

without finish. Accompanied by the gamelan, Wayang performance melded music with shadow-puppet theater to enact tales and epics the whole night long. The villagers would leave their town and enter into a site of exception, where the multimedia performance would induce a trancelike state of suspension. Spectators were encouraged to sleep, and allow the gamelan to enter their reverie...

Borrowing from the aesthetics and concepts of these events, Gamelan Oneirum is a night of immersive cinema performances, seeking to transpose this play of light, shadow, space, and exploded time into the realm of the moving image. Dug into the bedrock of Syros’ former quarry, these performances discard the traditional film experience in favor of an orchestra of moving images, sound, dance, and shadow, scattered through space, flitting across the stone walls and into the night sky. As performance spaces emerge from the dark and fall back into shadow, viewers are encouraged to attenuate themselves to the specific areas of each event, becoming aware of the body in the space, the bodies of the performers, the bodies of the other spectators, and the dancing shadows cast by each of them.

As a culmination of this year’s festival, and its itinerant outdoor screenings, Gamelan Oneirum finally proposes a definition of cinema as SIFF has been working up to: it is a place where the image falls off the screen into the space around, where shadows dance of their own free will, and where time cracks to pieces. A place not built of light, but of darkness. A place to dream, and to sleep.

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Profile for Syros International Film Festival (SIFF)

Syros International Film Festival (SIFF) catalog 2017  

Cracking Up: Syros Int’l Film Festival 2017 Catalogue. Including original texts by Cassandra Celestin, Nathaniel Draper, Aaron Khandros, Jac...

Syros International Film Festival (SIFF) catalog 2017  

Cracking Up: Syros Int’l Film Festival 2017 Catalogue. Including original texts by Cassandra Celestin, Nathaniel Draper, Aaron Khandros, Jac...

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