The annual films-about-music series, Sound Unseen, takes place this weekend at the Southern Theater, with much-talked-about movies about Phil Spector (Thursday) and Harry Nilsson (Saturday) bookending the series. In between, however, on Friday, is a screening of the lesser-known, but no-less provocative film, “Ride, Rise, Roar” by indie-music icon David Byrne.
As much a dance film as a music movie, “RRR” includes choreography by Annie-B Parson, Noemie LaFrance and robbinschilds, which is performed — on stage, and sometimes by Byrne himself — by dancers Natalie Kuhn, Lily Baldwin and Steven Reker. Shot during a 08/09 tour, the concert film also includes backstage access with interviews and rehearsal footage.
Now, for those of us who’ve long enjoyed putting on our own spin on the music of The Talking Heads, watching someone else interpret the music via modern dance might be difficult; who can actually stay seated while watching Byrne’s own gawky moves while listening to the Heads’ singular brand of indie-pop?
Maybe we’ll be allowed to roam the aisles during Reker’s live performance, which accompanies the screening? In addition to dancing in the concerts that were filmed, Reker wrote songs while on tour with Byrne. He’ll preview these tunes and some video work, which he hopes further bridge the cultures of indie music and contemporary dance.
8 p.m. Friday, Southern Theater, Minneapolis. $15. 612-340-1725.