classical music, opera, theatre

Philip Glass, Godfrey Reggio: Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1982)

Film concert featuring the Philip Glass Ensemble

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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It was in 1982 that the experimentally minded American director Godfrey Reggio created his film Koyaanisqatsi, which went on to gain cult status among audiences receptive to new concepts. In the language of the Hopi Indians, the word means ‘Life Out of Balance' - which, translated into various languages, was the title used when it was distributed in Hungary and other countries at the time. The work suggestively depicts the absurdity of modern societies turning away from nature and the ancient balance of life - with neither plot nor text, but accompanied by the music of Philip Glass, which is an inseparable part of the work. The Müpa Budapest audience will now get to see and hear all this in an authentic performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble, with the Cantemus Mixed Choir, the Budapest Academic Choir Society and the Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra also taking part.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Michael Riesman
  • sound
    Dan Bora
  • saxophone
    Peter Hess
  • onstage sound
    Ryan Kelly
  • keyboards
    Mick Rossi
  • saxophone, flute
    Sam Sadigursky
  • flute, piccolo
    Andrew Sterman
  • keyboards
    Feico Deutekom
  • Budapest Academic Choral Society (choirmaster: Ildikó Balassa)
  • Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra
  • Cantemus Mixed Choir (choirmaster: Soma Szabó)
  • music
    Philip Glass
  • written and directed by
    Godfrey Reggio
  • Philip Glass Ensemble production manager
    Michael Amacio

Ticket information

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