Andrea Goodman, Director





The Saratoga Choral Festival will present DREYER’S PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC 1928 SILENT FILM in the SPA LITTLE THEATER on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm. The program will feature a live chorus and orchestra playing the original music by Victor Alix and Leo Pouget. A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.

 The Passion of Joan of Arc (French: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan. It is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema. Dreyer's direction and Falconetti's performance is one of the finest in cinema history. The film summarizes the time that Joan of Arc was a captive of England depicting her trial and execution.

 The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available. In 1981, an employee of the Dikemark Hospital mental institution in Oslo found several film canisters in a janitor's closet that were labeled as being The Passion of Joan of Arc. The canisters were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute where they were first stored for three years until finally being examined. It was then discovered that they were Dreyer's original cut prior to government or church censorship. 

 In the 1920s film music was normally played live in the theatre. Only the reduced full score, string and vocal parts have survived, found in the U.S. Library of Congress. For this performance, the wind parts have been recreated and added. In 1994, composer Richard Einhorn wrote an oratorio based on the film entitled “Voices of Light", but this original 1928 score has rarely been performed.

The Saratoga Choral Festival began in 2001. The chorus has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Harlem Boys Choir at SPAC, with Charles Dutoit conducting. Previous seasons have featured music ranging from Bach’s Magnificat with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Gretchaninov’s Liturgia Domestica to performances of the music of Karl Jenkins, Dave Brubeck, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and a 2016 special anniversary concert for children in the SPA Little Theater, the summer home of Opera Saratoga and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Saratoga Spa State Park.



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