This film is the first movement of Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir, a 2-piano piece written in 1915. Mixing footage from a deserted army base in East Anglia with the Californian desert, the film is a surreal journey in time studded with playful image juxtapositions and an ever- changing ‘cut and paste’ collage on screen.
Format: DV, 4 min 20 sec.
Music by Claude Debussy.
Pianos: Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Commissioned by KML Foundation, UK-France 2006-7.
Above: Debussy En Blanc et Noir (1st movement) on YouTube.
Released commercially as Stravinsky/Debussy Two Piano Music CD/DVD (© KML Recordings 1112-1113, 2007).
World Premiere (screening): October 2009/International Amsterdam Film Festival/The Netherlands.