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Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, Modern Times, staring Chaplin as the Little Tramp.

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Duo Unprepared Performs Live Music Set to Charlie Chaplin’s Classic, “Modern Times” for OHIO Parent’s Weekend


The Ohio University Performing Arts Series will present a special live-music cinema event, “The Re-Imagined Score: ‘Modern Times’ By Duo Unprepared,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Athena Cinema in Athens.

After an unforgettable performance last year, the Athena is over the moon to have Duo Unprepared, the percussion and piano improvisation combo, return this OHIO Parent’s Weekend for two live musical performances set to Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times.”

“Modern Times,” Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, “Modern Times” — though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song) — is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.

About Duo Unprepared
Roger Braun (percussion) and Andre Gribou (pianos) have worked together in a wide variety of performance settings since 2000. While this includes completely improvised music – where they found they had an unusual chemistry – they also perform frequently together in classical, jazz and world music settings. As their affinity for performing improvised music together grew they began to collaborate with other artists, including world-renowned improvisational dancers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser. Braun and Gribou have appeared on numerous concert series including the Dance Place performance series in Washington, D.C., as well as the University of Michigan, Ohio University and Denison University. With frequent collaborator, percussionist Anthony Di Sanza, they recently performed in Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland at the 2015 International Society for Improvised Music Conference and a tour of Wisconsin Universities.