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A series of 6 programs
Yo-Yo Ma
Inspired By Bach

Yo-Yo Ma collaborates with artists from different media to create new works inspired by Bach's cello suites.

A printer-friendly version of this page 333 minutes
Produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media

Conceived by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, this series of films presents a multi-faceted celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. In collaboration with artists from different disciplines, Ma uses each Bach suite as a starting point for a completely new work in that artist's medium. We hear the magnificence of the Bach suite, see the work that has resulted from the collaboration, and share the insights and inspirations the artists have found in Bach's work.

Titles in the series are:

The Music Garden with Julie Moir Messervy - An exploration of Bach's music as interpreted through gardening.

The Sound of the Carceri with Piranesi - Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach in a virtual prison designed by Piranesi.

Falling Down Stairs with Mark Morris - Bach's 3rd Suite for Cello interpreted through dance.

Sarabande with Atom Egoyan - Feature film maker Atom Egoyan weaves a tale inspired by Bach's 4th Cello Suite.

Struggle for Hope with Tamasaburo Bando - Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando interprets Bach.

Six Gestures with Torvill and Dean - Ice dancers Torvill and Dean interpret Bach's Suite No. 6.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-290-X     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-388-8

"The unifying factor at the core of these films is the indestructibly sweet personality and gentle charisma of Yo-Yo Ma himself."

"Offers a multifaceted view of how 'classic' works of art can be reexplored for greater depths of understanding, and reinterpreted in fresh, unprecedented ways - highly recommended"
Richard McRae, University at Buffalo Music Library, MC Journal

"It is the best of all possible introductions to Yo-Yo Ma's revised version of the Gospel According to Johann Sebastian Bach."
Time Magazine

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Yo-Yo Ma

"The unifying the indestructibly sweet personality...of Yo-Yo Ma himself." Variety

Awards and Festivals
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition
Venice Film Festival (Biennale)
Berlin Film Festival
Special Festival Award, Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Lincoln Center, NYC
National Film Theatre, UK
National Gallery of Art, DC
Istanbul International Film Festival
Cinematheque Ontario, Canada
Cinematheque Quebecoise, Canada
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Film Studies
J.S. Bach
Performing Arts

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