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Warpaint: Live Score + Films by Maya Deren

Live Performance

Friday, April 19, 8:00 pm · Castro Theatre

Join us for a one-time-only special event with live music by Theresa Wayman and Stella Mozgawa of LA-based rockers Warpaint, who will perform an original score to a curated selection of short films.

Warpaint’s live score will accompany four short films by groundbreaking avant-garde legend Maya Deren, including some of her most beloved works.


Warpaint’s unique brand of intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms combine to create a gorgeous, enveloping sound. Both on record and on stage, Warpaint sounds like they’re channeling something truly otherworldly and mystical. Their debut album The Fool (2010) was named one of the 50 Best Albums of the Decade by NME; their eponymous sophomore album (2014) debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Album Chart as well as the UK Album Chart, and was named one of the albums of the year in several publications. Their most recent album Heads Up was released in 2016 and enjoyed a Top 40 debut on the Billboard Current Albums Chart.

For this evening’s live score, Warpaint co-founder Theresa Wayman joins Stella Mozgawa, the band’s drummer since 2009, for a performance to a selection of films by Maya Deren, one of cinema’s most important experimental filmmakers.

A central figure in avant-garde filmmaking, Maya Deren was a master of expressionistic works full of dramatic angles, bodies in motion, and creative visual elements. This program will feature four of her films: At Land (14 min, 1944), a dream-like narrative about a woman who washes up on a beach; Meshes of the Afternoon (14 min, 1943), one of experimental cinema’s most important works; Ritual in Transfigured Time (14 min, 1946), which uses modern dance to explore the process of change; and The Very Eye of Night (15 min, 1958).