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The Triplets of Belleville
Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville with composer Benoît Charest

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the unclassifiable, outrageous, and universally acclaimed animated film The Triplets of Belleville, composer Benoît Charest leads the nine-piece Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score in tandem with a screening of the film at Reynolds Theater. The film features a cascade of memorable characters: square-shouldered noir-era henchmen, an impossibly wiry Tour de France cyclist, and of course the three eponymous jazz-era divas. The New York Times calls it “a tour de force of ink-washed, crosshatched mischief, and unlikely sublimity.”

Charest’s score is a modern spin on 1930s Parisian jazz, ranging from rollicking dance numbers to dusky chansons, including the Oscar-nominated tune “Belleville Rendez-vous.” This performance, developed as a special presentation for the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival, comes complete with live jazz-age music, singing, dancing, and live Foley artist accompaniment. A deluxe film and music presentation fit for big and little kids alike