Katoomba: Stage set for historic film preview

Music lovers and film buffs have the chance to see close up how live music and silent film work together, thanks to Katoomba Theatre Company

Music lovers and film buffs have the chance to see close up how live music and silent film work together, thanks to Katoomba Theatre Company

By Katoomba Theatre Company

Music lovers and film buffs have the chance to see close up how live music and silent film work together, thanks to Katoomba Theatre Company (KTC).

The company will present the oldest surviving animated film, complete with live music accompaniment, on March 9 before the show goes to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Made in 1926 by pioneering female animator Lotte Reinger using handmade paper silhouettes, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, was her debut film.

Crafted in exquisite silhouette animation style, the film follows Prince Achmed who, tricked by a sorcerer, soars into the sky on a magical flying horse with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, in a series of adventures taken from The Arabian Nights.

A staggering feat of animation, Reiniger worked alongside experimental German animators Walter Ruttman and Bertold Bartosch to complete her incredibly detailed and beautiful film.

The film will be shown featuring live musical accompaniment by composer and arranger Dr Kim Cunio and soprano Heather Lee.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed will be presented by Katoomba Theatre Company at the Carrington Hotel Ballroom, Katoomba, at 8pm on Sunday, March 9. Tickets: $22. Bookings: (02) 4782 1111 or reception@thecarrington.com.au.

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