Music, Films and Plays

Plays

Thursday 31 May at 7 pm
Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Paintings
Well known and much respected Dutch performer and theatre-maker Frank Groothof takes the role of both Vincent and his brother Theo. The scenes are accompanied by music from Van Gogh’s contemporaries and beautifully animated images, synchronized with the narrative by use of large video-projections. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Free admission, a limited quantity of advance passes are available starting May 12 in person at the NGC Box Office or by phone at 613-998-8888. Doors open at 6:30 pm for pass holders. Remaining seats will be released for general admission at 6:40 pm and seating will not be guaranteed to pass holders after this time. Presentation starts at 7 pm. In the Auditorium. Limited seating.

Concerts

Sunday 3 June at 2 pm
Stellae Boreales. Fresh off a tour of Washington, D.C., members of the advanced youth violin choir will perform a family-friendly concert inspired by Van Gogh: Up Close. In the Auditorium. Tickets available at 613-369-4376 or www.stellaeboreales.ca

Music in the Galleries

In the NGC European galleries. Included with Gallery admission.

Sunday 10 June at 3 pm
French Café music of the time of Van Gogh with the Bla-bla musette by Didier Dumoutier and his musicians.

Sunday 15 July at 3 pm
Classical music from late 19th century with Rémi Barette and his classical guitar.

Sunday 5 August at 3 pm
Musical improvisations and melodies of the time of the impressionists and postimpressionists with Sylvain Margot on piano.

Films

In the Auditorium. Free admission.

Vincent Van Gogh. A life dedicated to art, produced by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. 2009 (130 minutes). In English and in Dutch with English sub-titles. A documentary on the life and career of Vincent van Gogh. Experts at the Van Gogh Museum discuss the sources of inspiration for his paintings, drawings and letters. Includes film footage of places where Van Gogh lived in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. 

Saturday 9 June at 2 pm
Thursday 12 July at 6 pm
Saturday 11 August at 2 pm
Saturday 18 August at 2 pm


Vincent Van Gogh. Derniers Jours à Auvers-sur-Oise.Camera Lucida production, 2007 (52 minutes). In French with English sub-titles. Van Gogh spent the last two months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris. This film explores the artist’s rich production during that time that resulted in 80 paintings and 64 drawings comprising 10% of his oeuvre.

Saturday 16 June at 2 pm
Thursday 19 July at 6 pm
Thursday 16 August at 6 pm
Saturday 25 August at 2 pm


Vincent van Gogh: Painted with Words, BBC production, 2010 (50 minutes). In English. Van Gogh’s life chronicled through his surviving correspondence of over 900 letters. This film focuses in-depth on his letter exchange with his brother Theo. Each word spoken by the actors is faithful to these original sources.

Saturday 23 June at 2 pm
Saturday 21 July at 2 pm
Thursday 23 August at 6 pm
Thursday 30 August at 6 pm


Dear Theo, directed by Paul Lavoie, produced by Made in PM, Paris, 2011 (10 minutes). Set in the two days before his death, the film draws from Van Gogh’s letters and gives an interpretation of his thoughts.  This screening is followed by either Vincent Van Gogh. Derniers Jours à Auvers-sur-Oise or Vincent van Gogh: Painted with Words (see schedule above).

Saturday 16 June at 2 pm in French
Saturday 23 June at 2 pm in English
Thursday 19 July at 6 pm in French
Saturday 21 July at 2 pm in English
Thursday 23 August at 6 pm in English
Saturday 25 August at 2 pm in French


For families!
Almond Blossoms. A Vincent van Gogh Story, Auryn production, National Film Board of Canada release, 2006 (11 minutes). Step into the world of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings. O. Henry’s classic short story The Last Leaf is conceptualized and told through an animated world derived from the mood and aesthetic of Almond Blossom, a painting featured in the exhibition Van Gogh: Up Close

Followed by: Vincent and Me, Productions LaFête, 1990 (100 minutes). The story of a young artist Jo, who travels back in time to speak to Vincent Van Gogh. 

Saturday 7 July at 2 pm in French
Saturday 14 July at 2 pm in English


Vincent and Me, Productions LaFête, 1990 (100 minutes). The story of a young artist Jo, who travels back in time to speak to Vincent Van Gogh. 


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