THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
A breathtaking animated film by artist Lotte Reiniger
Original score performed live by Tom Teasley
April 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 pm
at Source 1835 14th St. NW
Optional post-show discussion after each performance
German visionary artist Lotte Reiniger, using a silhouette technique inspired by shadow puppetry, created The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animation feature film. The narrative is based on stories from The Arabian Nights. A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse, which he uses to embark on many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart.
Helen Hayes Award Winner Tom Teasley’s innovative world music score is based upon his collaborations with indigenous musicians in Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Jerusalem during his work as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department. Teasley has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. He will play live in Constellation’s upcoming production of Metamorphoses in May.
Watch the trailer!