In the darkness of a cinema, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by a soundtrack, the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.
Based on a form of audio description, Blind Cinema is an experience where the act of watching a film becomes a shared investment: a collaborative and imaginative act between seeing children and blinded adults. It embraces the difficulty of finding the right words, of trying to hold onto the unstable images created in the mind’s eye.
Blind Cinema leaves the illusory reality of cinema and re-enters the vivid images of the imagination.
Directed and conceived by Britt Hatzius. Dramaturgy by Ant Hampton. Filmed by Britt Hatzius, Simon Arazi, Maxim, Boris Belay.
Blind Cinema is a co-production between Vooruit (Ghent), Beursschouwburg (Brussels) and Bronks Theatre (Brussels).
flips the equation in subtle, fascinating ways.
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Loved the whispery surrealness of Britt Hatzius’ Blind Cinema
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