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Fabrizio Cassol, Alain Platel

Requiem pour L.
© Chris Van der Burght.
© Chris Van der Burght.
© Chris Van der Burght.
© Chris Van der Burght.
© Chris Van der Burght.

Fourteen African and European musicians come together around Mozart's Requiem. In reconstructing the work, they merge Mozart’s masterpiece with their own musical influences, including jazz, opera and popular African music. Composer Fabrizio Cassol, who had already reworked Monteverdi’s Vespers (vsprs, 2006), Bach’s StMatthew Passion (pitié!, 2008) and Verdi’s Macbeth (2016) attempts with this Requiem his most perilous musical undertaking ever.He replaces the classical orchestra with accordion, thumb piano, electric guitar, tenor tuba and percussion and transcribes the choirs for duets and trios.

Its vitality contrasts with a silent black and white film of a dying woman, who dominates the stage like a continuous mementomori. The confrontation between film and music creates an esthetic and emotional experience that transcends contradictions. In African cultures, mourning and death are not incompatible with life and celebration. Alain Platel subtly captivates that zest for life to create a new ceremony of mourning that lifts the oppositions between old and new, between Africa and the West, between life and death.

14 MAR 2019
THU 21:00

15 MAR 2019
FRI 21:00

16 MAR 2019
SAT 19:00

Main Auditorium

18€
Duration 1h40
M/14

MUSIC

Fabrizio Cassol after Mozart’s Requiem

DIRECTION

Alain Platel

CONDUCTOR

Rodriguez Vangama

WITH AND BY

Rodriguez Vangama (guitar and electric bass), Boule Mpanya, Fredy Massamba, Russell Tshiebua (vocals), Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Owen Metsileng, Stephen Diaz, Rodrigo Ferreira (lyric vocals), João Barradas (accordion), Kojack Kossakamvwe (electric guitar), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Bouton Kalanda, Erick Ngoya, Silva Makengo (likembe), Michel Seba (percussions)

DRAMATURGY

Hildegard De Vuyst

MUSICAL ASSISTANT

Maribeth Diggle

CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT

Quan Bui Ngoc

VIDEO

Simon Van Rompay

CAMERA

Natan Rosseel

SET DESIGN

Alain Platel

SET REALIZED BY

Wim Van de Cappelle in collaboration with scenography atelier NTGent

LIGHT DESIGN

Carlo Bourguignon

SOUND DESIGN

Carlo Thompson

SOUND ASSISTANT

Bartold Uyttersprot

COSTUME DESIGN

Dorine Demuynck

STAGE MANAGER

Wim Van de Cappelle

PHOTOGRAPHY

Chris Van der Burght

PRODUCTION MANAGERS

Katrien Van Gysegem, Valerie Desmet

DIRECTION ASSISTANT, TOUR MANAGER

Steve De Schepper

TRAINEE PERFORMING ARTS

Lisaboa Houbrechts

TRAINEE THEATER

Ijf Boullet

IN DIALOGUE WITH

Dr. Marc Cosyns

PRODUCTION

les ballets C de la B, Festival de Marseille, Berliner Festspiele

COPRODUCTION

Opéra de Lille (FR), Théâtre National de Chaillot Paris (FR), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU), Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (GR), TorinoDanza (IT), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (DE), Festspielhaus St. Pölten (AT), L’Arsenal Metz (FR), Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain – Bayonne (FR), La Ville de Marseille-Opéra (FR), Aperto Festival / Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia (IT)

DISTRIBUTION

Frans Brood Productions

LES BALLETS C DE LA B IS SUPPORTED BY

the Flemish authorities, City of Ghent, Province East Flanders, North Sea Port and the Belgian Taxshelter

THANKS TO

Isnelle da Silveira, Filip De Boeck, Barbara Raes, Griet Callewaert, atelier NTGent, Mrs S.P., Miss A.C., Fondation Camargo (Cassis, France), Sylvain Cambreling, Connexion vzw

SPECIAL THANKS TO

We are sincerely grateful to L. and her family for their exceptional candour, their deep trust and the unique support to this special project.  

Requiem pour L.
Requiem pour L.
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