13 October 2006

The Music of Regret

by Laurie Simmons


Artprojx with Salon 94 and Performa presents:

The Music of Regret by Laurie Simmons

(Featuring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and Alvin Ailey II Dance Co.)

Friday 13 October 2006. 10-11.30am

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place, London WC2.

Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7494 3654 (open 1-9pm)

Tickets £7.50 (includes Breakfast)

Artist and Student ticket discount information visit www.artupdate.com/artprojx

Screening organised by David Gryn

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Artprojx 06 is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Lottery Funded www.artscouncil.org.uk

design: fetherstonhaugh


Artprojx with Salon 94 and Performa presents:

Laurie Simmons: The Music of Regret, 2006 (40 mins)

A mini-musical in three acts starring Meryl Streep

Artprojx presents American photographer Laurie Simmons’s first film, a three-act cinematic musical starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel's voice and members of the Alvin Ailey II dance company, plus a cast of vintage puppets and ventriloquist dummies. Shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven, The Virgin Suicides) with a bittersweet, Sondheim-flavoured score by Michael Rohatyn, the film portrays the despair and longing that has coloured the post-9/11 era.

Simmons is one of the first contemporary American photographers to create elaborately staged narrative photographs. Since the mid 1970s, she has staged scenes for the camera with dolls, mannequins and occasionally people, to create images with intensely psychological subtexts. Her iconic ‘walking objects’ series – in which women’s legs are topped by oversized, everyday objects such as houses, cakes and guns – comes to life in The Music of Regret. The puppets sing and dance their way through the film, staging a playful, but dark, vision of a society precariously balanced between affection and grief.

Directed by Laurie Simmons. Executive producers, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Donald Rosenfeld; associate producer, Fabienne Stephan; produced by Salon 94 and Performa 05 with RoseLee Goldberg. Cinematography by Ed Lachman. Music by Michael Rohatyn. Lyrics by Laurie Simmons. Story by Matthew Weinstein. Written by Laurie Simmons and Matthew Weinstein. Lighting by John DeBlau. Alvin Ailey 2 Dancers. Choreography, Helen Pickett.


Laurie Simmons will be in conversation with RoseLee Goldberg




This event coincides with the Frieze Art Fair, 12-15 October