Dartington’s Barn Cinema showcases its performance and state-of-the-art digital film projection facilities on Thursday, November 12, with a one-off opportunity to experience a special film and music collaboration.
London-based string group the Elysian Quartet will perform a live soundtrack to My Best Girl, the 1927 silent comedy classic starring Mary Pickford -the most famous and influential female movie star and producer of her day.
The Elysian Quartet has performed all over the world and is the only British string quartet of its generation dedicated exclusively to contemporary and improvised music, collaborating with artists including Mercury Music Prize nominees Polar Bear, virtuoso beat-boxer Killa Kela and composers Meredith Monk, Keith Tippett and Gabriel Prokofiev.
My Best Girl is a much-loved romantic comedy, often regarded as one of Hollywood’s best silent comedies, about a department store stock room worker who falls in love with the store owner’s son. For this screening the group will perform its own works and improvisations to accompany the movie.
This performance will take place on Thursday, November 12 at 8pm in the Barn Cinema. Tickets costs £5 to £8, and are available from the Dartington Box Office on 01803 847070 or go online to the Dartington Arts website.
(images: from the top, Mary Pickford in My Best Girl and the Elysian Quartet)