Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio’s debut as a film director and producer, is the first and best known film of the Qatsi trilogy, followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002), depicting different aspects of relationships between humans, nature and technology. Taking its title from a Hopi Indian word meaning ‘life out of balance’, the film, created between 1975 and 1982, is an apocalyptic version of two different worlds – urban life and technology versus the environment.
Consisting primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across America, Koyaanisqatsi contains neither dialogue nor a vocalised narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music.
Music & Film is produced by HOME in collaboration with the University of Salford and is supported by Film Hub North West Central, a partner in the BFI’s Film Audience Network, which aims to build audiences for film and present cinema in new and exciting ways.
This special event features a screening of the stunning visual poem Koyaanisqatsi with a new and unique score from Manchester’s Mercury-nominated hard-hitting-jazz-meets-electronica three piece GoGo Penguin.
Manchester based acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Defined by skittering break-beats, powerful sub-bass, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody they create an emotionally rich palate for the listener that has seen them hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years.