Right in the Eye (En plein dans l’oeil) is a movie-concert experience, celebrating and breathing new life into the works of legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès. The show begins with an introduction and commentary, and includes ten of Méliès’ best-known films. Each of Méliès’ films is given a new, original score, composed by artist and creator Jean-François Alcoléa, and performed with a unique orchestral arrangement of over thirty instruments (including saucepans, wind chimes, musical saw, and many more). The films are also treated with unique and subtle lighting and scenic design. The result is a poetic, playful, and unexpected tribute to one of cinema’s founding masters.
Georges Méliès (1861-1938) was a French filmmaker, illusionist, and actor from Paris, France. He popularized a long list of special effects techniques that became standard in the industry– substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour, to name a few– and was among the first directors ever to make use of storyboards. His methods brought to life his fantastical, futuristic visions and surreal sci-fi adventures. His films have often been based on, or compared to, the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Over the course of his lifetime, Méliès made over five hundred films, but unfortunately only around two hundred have survived.
“Pay What You Will” is offered on select performances. Here’s how it works:
– You still need a ticket. Book your seats in advance at tickets.theplayhouse.ca, by calling our box office at 458-8344, or visiting us at 686 Queen Street.
– At the performance, we will provide an envelope and ask audience members to pay whatever amount they wish (based on their own individual experience) following the performance.
You decide the price of your tickets!
The objective of “Pay What You Will” is to increase access to our programs, and to encourage our patrons to take a chance on new and exciting performances.