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Philip Glass Ensemble
Date: 4/30/2014

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Tickets/Info: or (805) 893-3535
La Belle et la Bęte
Film by Jean Cocteau | Music by Philip Glass
Conducted by Michael Riesman
Philip Glass Ensemble
Wed, April 30, 8:00 PM, Granada Theatre

“A new form invented by Philip Glass, completely unexpected and absolutely successful.” Le Monde (Paris)

One of the most celebrated and unique works in Philip Glass’ recent career, his live interpretation of Jean Cocteau’s masterpiece La Belle et la Bęte is also his most challenging experiment in synchronizing music with film. For this production, Glass removed the film’s original dialogue track and score by Georges Auric and replaced it with his own musical score played live by the Philip Glass Ensemble. The dialogue is performed live by the vocalists who are synchronized with the actors in the film.

“Jean Cocteau’s work was central to the modern art movement of the 20th century. More than any other artist of his time, he again and again addressed questions of art, immortality and the creative process as subjects of his work. La Belle et la Bęte is an extremely thoughtful and subtle reflection on the life of an artist. Presented as a simple fairy tale, it soon becomes clear that the film takes on a deeper subject-the very nature of the creative process.” – Philip Glass

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