20th/21st-Century  Classical Music

Oper by Pascal Dusapin
Libretto by Pascal Dusapin / Rita de Letteriis
Choreography by Sasha Waltz

Following on from "Dido & Aeneas" (2005), "Medea" and "Roméo et Juliette" (2007) Sasha Waltz is with »Passion" again developing a choreographic opera. Like »Medea« a contemporary composition by Frenchman Pascal Dusapin serves as the fundament. The nucleus of Sasha Waltz’s choreography is the solo singers Barbara Hannigan and Georg Nigl, complemented figuratively by a small group of dancers.

Pascal Dusapin's "Passion" is a musical engagement with the Orpheus myth. Claudio Monteverdi's operatic setting is for Dusapin at centre. For the most part he relates the myth through Eurydice's eyes.

Dramaturgically the myth describes the treatment. The staging and lighting indicate the boundaries between worlds. In course of the performance the players on stage, pass through various membranes separating the world of the living »Reality« from the hidden world, the »Underworld«.

The title role is sung by the magnificent Barbara Hannigan, her partner being her peer Georg Nigl. The Vocalconsort Berlin constitutes the chorus, while Ensemble Modern under direction of Franck Ollu with whom Compagnie Sasha Waltz & Guests realised Wolfgang Rihm's »Jagden und Formen« provides the music. The libretto is in Italian.

World Premiere
6th of October, 2010

Sasha Waltz

Musical Direction
Franck Ollu

Hussein Chalayan

Thilo Reuther
Sasha Waltz

Light design
Thilo Reuther

Electroacoustic Device
Thierry Coduys

Ilka Seifert

Vocal Soloists
Barbara Hannigan
Georg Nigl

Sasha Waltz & Guests
Edivaldo Ernesto
Virgis Puodziunas
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
Yael Schnell
Xuan Shi
Niannian Zhou

Vokalensemble (Gli Altri)
Vocalconsort Berlin
Ensemble Modern

A Production of Théâtre des Champs- Élysées and Sasha Waltz & Guests in Coproduction with Opéra de Lille.
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20th/21st-Century Classical Music

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