Blind Cinema by Britt Hatzius (DE/UK) is an intimate, inventive, and unique perspective on cinema.
In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Children seated behind describe, in hushed tones, a film that only they will see.
Based on the method of Audio Description, Blind Cinema makes the experience of watching a film into a shared investment: a collaboration between young people and adults. Focusing on that which lies beyond the sense of sight, your attention flickers between the internal world of the mind’s eye shaped by a whispering voice, and the physical space of a darkened cinema.
What to expect:
As an audience member, you receive a blindfold as you enter the auditorium and wear it for the duration of the performance. A film without dialogue plays on the screen while a group of young narrators describe the film to you in hushed voices. In this adaptation of Blind Cinema, they are sat at the back of the room speaking into microphones that connect to small speakers installed next to you.
Light Moves Festival is working with local young people ahead of the screening, preparing them for the performance, and holding workshops on audio description. During the performance, the young narrators then choose their very own personal way of describing. Blind Cinema examines ideas around language and interpretation, along with the potential for discrepancies, ruptures and (mis)communication!
Audience tickets are open to the public, €11 per person.