Philip Glass : KOYAANISQATSI LIVE – Life out of Balance

Maison symphonique September 14, 2019

"[…] the score for KOYAANISQATSI is invigorating, often tremulously beautiful, and almost extraordinarily in synergy with the visions projected upon the screen. […] Mr. Reggio’s images haunt the viewer, accompanied by one of the most startling and original soundtracks ever written.”

The New York Times

As part of a North American and European tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Traquen’Art is proud to present the only Canadian performance of the KOYAANISQATSI – Life out of Balance film concert. The projection of Godfrey Reggio’s cinematographic masterpiece will be accompanied on stage by the legendary Philip Glass, composer of the original soundtrack, and the Philip Glass Ensemble under the musical direction of Michael Riesman. This will be a unique opportunity for cinephiles and music lovers to see and hear these musical icons.


KOYAANISQATSI has no plot, no actors and no dialogue except that between the viewer and the film. Universal visual poem, the film conveys its message entirely through image and sound. A visual poem and meditation, the film propels intense synergy between the music and the flood of images orchestrated by the director.


KOYAANISQATSI [1982] is the first film of the QATSI trilogy followed by POWAQQATSI (1987) and NAQOYQATSI (2002), which was the result of a twenty-year collaboration between Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass. Unclassifiable, extraordinary and focused at the heart of the world, this film created between 1975 and 1982 forever transformed the unique relationship between music and the moving image and is still one of the most powerful cinematographic works of the late 20th century.


Over the years, the music written for KOYAANISQATSI has only gained in stature and is now a cult classic that has been included in many subsequent works.



A veritable treasure filled with exciting and invigorating moments, seeing and hearing Philip Glass is a must for cinephiles and music lovers. Discover or rediscover this cult film!



  • Producer / Presenter : Traquen'Art
  • Venue : Maison symphonique
  • Film by : Godfrey Reggio, United States, 1982, 85 minutes
  • Music : Philip Glass
  • Players : Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Music Director : Michael Riesman

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