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This page is the official website for the film A Dionysia, created by Timothy J. Armstrong and released in 2015 on YouTube.


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Among the joyful cries he makes these
words roar out:
“O onward bacchants,
onward bacchants!
Ornamented with gold of Tmolus’ river
to the deep beat of the drums
sing and dance to Dionysus
exalting the god to whom you cry in ecstasy
amid Phrygian cries and incantations
when the holy melodious flute
sounds out its holy uplifting strains,
accompanying
you on your way to the mountain, the
mountain.” Joyfully
then, as a foal with its grazing mother,
the bacchant springs around with nimble feet.

Bacchae of Euripides
G. S. Kirk
Hardback ISBN 9780521226752
Paperback ISBN 9780521296137
Copyright © 1979 Cambridge University Press


Munch, Edvard - the-sun-1916

Edvard Munch’s The Sun


Monet, Claude - house-of-parliament-sun

Claude Monet’s House of Parliament Sun


Marc, Franz - the-fox-1913

Franz Marc’s The Fox


The film is a sequence of eight classical music videos loosely arranged into a narrative. If you like, you can watch the videos in any order. The paintings used in the film are here, and the music and literature are:

Part 1:
Franz Liszt’s Orpheus
Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Duino Elegies, and Friedrich Hölderlin’s “Hyperion’s Song of Fate”

Part 2:
Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied: Adagio
A hymn to Selene from The Homeric Hymns

Part 3:
Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
A hymn to Dionysus from Euripedes’ The Bacchae

Part 4:
Leo Brouwer’s Guitar Sonata: La Toccata de Pasquini
A hymn to Pan from The Homeric Hymns

Part 5:
Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne No. 7
Hymns to Athena and Artemis from The Homeric Hymns

Part 6:
Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto: Andante
Friedrich Hölderlin’s “Bread and Wine”

Part 7a:
Hildegard von Bingen’s Instrumental Piece
Ivan Chtcheglov’s “Formulary for a New Urbanism” (associated with the Situationist International)

Part 7b:
Henryk Górecki’s String Quartet No. 3: Largo, Cantabile
Isaiah from the King James Bible, and Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach”


The playlist above plays the full pieces of music, and the literature appears on the screen. There is another version of the videos with the literature spoken as a layer on top of the music, but the version without the voice narrative is more pure. The two versions of each video are identical apart from the voice narrative being present. There is not a voice recording for Part 7b, however, so that video is the same in both playlists.

You can read all the literature and see all the paintings in the screenplay. None of the music, literature, or paintings in the film are original to the film; the film is made entirely out of art other people have made, either public domain or used with permission. Due to copyright restrictions, some of the videos may not be available to watch in some countries or on some devices.