The Passion of Joan of Arc

  • Fri 7 October 2016
  • 8 pm

With Adrian Utley, Will Gregory and Charles Hazlewood Supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset Taking place at Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE Doors open: 7 pm Hauser & Wirth Somerset, in collaboration with Adrian Utley (Portishead), Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and award-winning conductor Charles Hazlewood, presents a special live orchestral performance and film screening in the magnificent medieval setting of Wells Cathedral. Adrian Utley and Will Gregory have devised a new score soundtracking the dramatic and moving narrative of Danish film director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (1928), which chronicles Joan of Arc’s trial and execution during her captivity in France. Initially commissioned by Colston Hall and supported by Watershed, Bristol, the inventive new score will be performed live alongside a screening of the film, led by Charles Hazlewood with guitars, horns, harp, synthesisers, percussion and an 8 voice choir. Wells Cathedral is located at the heart of England’s smallest city, Wells in Somerset, situated 13 miles from Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Cited as one of the earliest English cathedrals to be constructed in Gothic style, the building is a treasured and significant architectural landmark in the south west of England. The distinguished setting will provide a unique opportunity to witness Hazlewood, Utley and Gregory’s breathtaking and inspired production. Located on the outskirts of Bruton, Hauser & Wirth Somerset is an innovative world-class gallery and arts centre. Working in partnership with many local institutions, businesses and organisations, the gallery fosters creative talent and champions charities related to art, community, conservation and education. ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ performance at Wells Cathedral will be Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s second collaboration with Somerset-based internationally renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood. It follows the recent David Bowie tribute at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which involved Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra in a performance of Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, inspired by Bowie’s 1997 album. Since opening in July 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset has welcomed over 250,000 visitors. Accompanied by an extensive education programme and regular artists’ residencies, Hauser & Wirth Somerset shares contemporary art with new audiences and aims to engage the public with art, the countryside and the local community. The location, its social history, countryside and community remain a main driving force and inspiration for the gallery today. Iwan and Manuela Wirth, Presidents and co-Founders of Hauser & Wirth say: ‘There is a hive of creativity in the south west of England and ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ represents the very best of it – three artistic bright lights have brought their talents together to breathe new life into a cinematic masterpiece, reigniting it for a next generation. I could not imagine a more fitting setting for such an act than the spectacular Wells Cathedral. Their spirit of collaboration, invention and an adventure across creative disciplines is water from the same well that we draw from at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This inspired project connects the dots between community, art and architecture – three of our shared passions – and we couldn’t be prouder to support it.’ Download the press release Ticket Information Tickets range from: £40 / £35 / £30 / £25 / Restricted seats: £15 / £10

Directions Wells Cathedral is situated a short distance from Bath and Bristol (approx 45 mins). By Car From M5 North – take M4, M32, A37, A39 From M5 South – leave at Junction 23 and take A39 From South East – take A303, A36, A361, A371 By Train The nearest train station to Wells is Castle Cary, located approximately 13 miles away (approx 25 mins). A taxi rank is available at the station entrance. By Bus Regular bus services to and from Wells operate from Bristol (No 376) Image: The Passion of Joan of Arc (film still), 1928

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