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Satiesfiktionen – Spaziergänge mit Erik Satie
Film: eclectic, eccentric Erik Satie
Film by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov (Germany 2015)
Wed, 11 May 2016 6 p.m.
Hermann Wolff Room
Alfred Éric Leslie Satie, who was born on 17 May 1866 in Honfleur and died on 1 July 1925 in Paris, was quite a droll fellow: composer, pianist, designer, aphorist, excessive stroller, inventor of musique d’ameublement, mystic and founder of his own church – and also a talented self-promoter who enjoyed misleading his contemporaries. He provoked musically – for instance with Flabby Preludes, Unappetizing Chorales, Dessicated Embryosand Three Pear-Shaped Pieces(the original titles translated into English). At first Satie composed piano pieces, then he worked as a pianist for cabaret and theatre. In the meantime he even studied for three years at the renowned Schola Cantorum in Paris.
Satie continuously surprises with unexpected twists but also innovative capabilities. His Sports et Divertissements (literally: Sports and Diversions) in multimedia form from 1914 are a collage of piano pieces, short stories and graphic novels. Satie worked together with Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and the choreographer Léonide Massine for the ballet Parade, composed in 1916-17.
The playful, tongue-in-cheek, yet still serious film from Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov illuminates the composer’s many facets. The authors often take Satie quite literally: for example, when ads emerge from his numerous newspaper advertisements or his fanciful drawings come alive. Music and discussions with Satie experts round out the portrait.