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Budapest, Hungary (Koyaanisqatsi with PGE)

September 23

It was in 1982 that the experimentally minded American director Godfrey Reggio created his film Koyaanisqatsi, which went on to gain cult status among audiences receptive to new concepts. In the language of the Hopi Indians, the word means ‘Life Out of Balance’ – which, translated into various languages, was the title used when it was distributed in Hungary and other countries at the time. The work suggestively depicts the absurdity of modern societies turning away from nature and the ancient balance of life – with neither plot nor text, but accompanied by the music of Philip Glass, which is an inseparable part of the work. The Müpa Budapest audience will now get to see and hear all this in an authentic performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble, with the Budapest Academic Choir Society and the Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra also taking part.

Conductor, music director:

Michael Riesman

Philip Glass Ensemble:

Dan Bora
Peter Hess
onstage sound
Ryan Kelly
Mick Rossi
saxophone, flute
Sam Sadigursky
flute, piccolo
Andrew Sterman

Guest musician:

Feico Deutekom


Budapest Academic Choral Society (choirmaster: Ildikó Balassa)
Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra


Philip Glass
written and directed by
Godfrey Reggio
Philip Glass Ensemble production manager
Michael Amacio