28th Festival 2018

Main programme

Tuesday 06. Nov. // 7.30 – 9.15 p.m. / opening night

From 16 years

Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

€ 28.00 / 24.00 / 18.00
(red. € 24.00 / 19.00 / 13.00)

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol / les ballets C de la B, Ghent


»Requiem pour L.«
(»Requiem for L.«) VIDEO CLIP  

Scenic concert

Choreography, staging and scenery: Alain Platel

Music: Fabrizio Cassol after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem, d-Moll, KV 626

Musical direction: Rodriguez Vangama

Singers and actors: Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Stephen Diaz / Rodrigo Ferreira, Owen Metsileng, Fredy Massamba, Boule Mpanya, Russell Tshiebua

Musicians: Joã o Barradas, Niels Van Heertum, Bouton Kalanda, Silva Makengo, Erick Ngoya, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Rodriguez Vangama, Michel Seba

Following the performance: public reception of the Flemish Government, Berlin

The Requiem was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last composition. When he died at an age of only 35 in 1791, the work was incomplete; it was finished by Franz Xaver Süßmayr, one of his students, and premiered in Vienna in 1793. This musical legacy is the point of departure for a contemporary funeral mass. Alain Platel and the composer Fabrizio Cassol created, together with musicians from Congo, South Africa, Brazil and Europe, an intercontinental dialogue and an unusual approach to this musical heritage.

Like an observer of her own farewell ritual, a woman with the abbreviated name L. –the »L« in the title of the work refers to her – looks down onto the stage from a screen. In the last moments before her death, sleeping states and being awake appear in slow motion. The piece shows a strangely fascinating symbiosis of an ecstatic concert and documentary funeral ceremony.

Alain Platel, born in 1956, has been residing in the Flemish Ghent up until the present day; he is one of the most important choreographers of our times. In 1984, he founded the company les ballets C de la B in his home city; it has – without a doubt – belonged to the most successful dance and theatre groups in the world for years now. Alain Platel will be a guest of the euro-scene Leipzig for the 9th time since 1996, where he recently showed »En avant, marche!« (»Forward, march!«, 2015)

World première: 18.01.2018, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin

Contact: www.lesballetscdela.be

Production: les ballets C de la B / Festival de Marseille / Berliner Festspiele

Co-Production: Opera de Lille / Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris / Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg / Onassis Cultural Centre, Athen / Torinodanza Festival, Turin / Aperto Festival – Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia / Kampnagel Hamburg / Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele / Festspielhaus St. Polten / L’Arsenal de Metz / Scene Nationale du Sud Aquitaine, Bayonne / La Ville de Marseille

The guest performance in Leipzig will take place with the kind support of the Flemish Government, Berlin.