DESCRIPTION: Acclaimed flutist Yael Acher provides a live soundtrack to gay German silent film Different from the Others (1919), a film banned & almost completely destroyed by the Nazis due to its early portrayals of homosexuals in film.
PERFORMS: Saturday, July 20 @ 1pm. (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St, NY, NY)
TICKETS: $10. Available at the Door.
Different From The Others (German title: Anders als die Andern) is the 1919 silent film co-written by the famed psychologist , Magnus Hirschfeld, who founded the German homosexual emancipation movement in 1897. It is believed to be the only film of the gay-friendly movies made during Germany’s Weimar Era that escaped systematic destruction by the Nazis. This silent film is among the first to speak out on homosexuality, lesbianism, gender identity, intersexuality, the perils of stereotypes, and the idea that sexuality is physically determined, rather than a mental condition.
A native of Tel Aviv, Yael Acher graduated with a BA degree in music and classical flute performance from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem. She has lived and worked as a performer, composer, and educator in Copenhagen since 1992. In 2003, she took a certificate course in MAX/MSP, at Harvestworks, New York, and in 2005 she won a Fulbright scholarship to study Composition at NYU and Hunter College. Since then she has resided and worked in New York City. Acher is a multiple genre instrumentalist & composer: performing Classical, Modern, Free-Improvisation, Progressive electro/instrumental Jazz, Free Jazz, Latin, Funky and Electronics – with ensembles, choirs, Modern Dance and DJs. Among her many credits are performances: at the Blue Note, BAMCafe, Bargemusic, Roulette, Bowery Poetry Club, in NYC. Susan Dellal Centre for Modern Dance, in Tel-Aviv, the Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh, Braila in Romania, and Lille2004, in France.