Monday, October 15, 2012

Vampyr with Live Score by Steven Severin

Steven Severin in Person

Roxie Theater

presented in association with the Roxie Theater
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Acclaimed solo artist and founding member of the legendary Siouxsie and the Banshees, Steven Severin, presents a mesmerizing synthesis of sound and image, heightening appreciation of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s iconic work,Vampyr. Dreyer’s unsettling tale of fear and obsession finds its aural counterpart in Severin’s highly textured score, an atmospheric soundscape drawing the viewer rhythmically into the oneiric imagery on screen. During their reign, Siouxsie & the Banshees established themselves as one of the foremost alternative bands and were the only survivors of the London punk scene to evolve, innovate and succeed until their final demise in 2002. Severin has since committed himself almost exclusively to scoring for film & TV.Vampyr, loosely based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s genre-defining, 1872 vampire tale, Carmilla (which preceded Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 25 years), follows the fortunes of Allan Gray, a young student of the occult, who takes a room at a village inn, unaware that the region is cursed by vampires. Shot in the sound era but with a striking silent film aesthetic, Vampyr is an alternative take on the cinematic vampire, creating an intense, nightmarish atmosphere that haunts the mind long after the lights go up.