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Metropolis closed on November 19, 2016


adaptation of the 1927 German film by Fritz Lang
Tom Teasley will underscore this film live

November 16 - 19, 2016

Tom Teasley will perform an original score during a screening of the silent film Metropolis. Among the most iconic and influential movies of all time, Metropolis is a 1927 sci-fi epic created by Fritz Lang. Dazzling, yet sinister, visual imagery of a futuristic utopia will be enhanced by Tom's sensational live music.

After each performance, Tom will lead a conversation about his many difference instruments and the techniques he uses to create a multi-layered score. He'll finish up with a brief preview of the music he will play in Constellation's spring production of The Arabian Nights.

Total running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. No intermission.

Sci-Fi Night!

Friday, November 18

Following the screening of Metropolis, musician Tom Teasley and three film experts from DC's Museum of Science Fiction will have a post-show conversation about the long-lasting impact Metropolis has had on the science fiction genre and why the movie continues to resonate with us today. In honor of the Austrian-German heritage of filmmaker Fritz Lang, Constellation is hosting a casual gathering after the discussion with free beer, including Pilsner, Oktoberfest and Hefeweizen.



"Tom Teasley’s music - and his performance - were spellbinding from the get-go. In creating a soundtrack that uses both contemporary and traditional sounds, Teasley has found a way to bring immediacy to an already fascinating film." Read the full review --DC Metro Theatre Arts

"Every production in Constellation's 10th season will feature live music, but this production takes that idea and runs with it. A Constellation collaborator since The Arabian Nights in their first season, Tom Teasley provides a live and partially improvised musical accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s classic sci-fi silent movie, Metropolis."
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--DC Theatre Scene

"Constellation Theatre's house composer Tom Teasley has created a thrilling, propulsive musical setting that is more than a match for Lang's own amazing work." Read the full review --BroadwayWorld

"Fortunately for Washington film buffs and fans of Constellation Theatre's global vision, we have composer Tom Teasley at the helm - a multi-instrumentalist who is as much at ease with digital technology as he is with traditional musicianship. Teasley's repertoire should be familiar to Washington audiences, and his years as a musical ambassador overseas-especially in the Middle East-clearly inform his work here. So in addition to the treat of seeing the film on the big screen for which it was intended, Teasley works his magic in his own pool of light. Your eyes dart back and forth, to see how he manages the action, and if you know the film by heart (confession: I do), the admiration for what's unfolding before your eyes and ears just grows." Read the full review --BroadwayWorld

"Frequent collaborator with Constellation Theatre Company, Tom Teasley, has created the new score for the film. It is heavy with drums - his background is in world percussion - and has some electronic additions, both live and recorded. Tom is a master musician, and performer and his skills are on display in this feat of musical endurance, often entailing the simultaneous playing of two or three instruments while triggering electronics. The idea of humanity intermingling with technology apparent in his integrating acoustic instruments with electronic sounds is an engaging one for Metropolis." Read the full review --MD Theatre Guide


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