Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol | Requiem pour L.
Onassis Cultural Centre
107 Syngrou Avenue, Neos Kosmos, 11745

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol | Requiem pour L.


Can Mozart's Requiem serve as the stimulus for a surprising encounter between music and dance? If it’s Alain Platel, Fabrizio Casso and the Belgian C de la B collective who are managing the encounter, of course it can!

12 April, 2018 to 15 April, 2018

The Requiem confirms something we already knew about the Belgian collective, and does so in the best possible way: les Ballets C de la B have placed multiculturalism at the epicentre of every new work they have ever created. Mozart's emblematic swan song provides the perfect condition for an unprecedented fusing of musical traditions from lands across Europe and Africa. The orchestrators of this undertaking are none other than Alain Platel and Fabrizio Cassol, the artistic duo behind so many new and provocative readings of masterpieces from the Western classical canon. Whether it's Bach and Monteverdi or, as in this case, Mozart, the goal is always the same: to reintroduce music into our lives, to make us communicants of an experience which transcends the bounds of genre and opens itself up to a mosaic of hitherto unheard sounds.

Jazz inflections and operatic arias, traditional musical idioms from Africa and, of course, Cassol's own harmonic experimentations, give the Requiem an entirely new on-stage dimension. Platel stage directs the fourteen musicians—some of whom were also involved in their previous production, Coup Fatal—, attempting what might be termed an unorthodox polyphony. A musical ensemble of the diaspora whose physical and musical dimensions are not kept separate, but allowed to merge into something larger which highlights in practice the universality of Mozart's work.

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), Joao 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: Bartold Uyttersprot, Carlo Thompson
Costume design: Dorine Demuynck
Stage manager: Wim Van de Cappelle
Photography: Chris Van der Burght
Production managers: Katrien Van Gysegem, Valerie Desmet
Direction assistant and tour manager: Steve De Schepper
Trainee performing arts: Lisaboa Houbrechts
Trainee theatre engineering: Ijf Boullet

Thanks to Isnelle da Silveira, Filip De Boeck, Barbara Raes, Griet Callewaert, atelier NTGent, Mevrouw S.P., Juffrouw A.C., Fondation Camargo (Cassis, France), Sylvain Cambreling
We are sincerely grateful to L. and her family for their exceptional candour, their deep trust and the unique support to this special project.
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), Aperto Festival/Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia (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 (FR)

Distribution: Frans Brood Productions
Les ballets C de la B is supported by: The Flemish authorities, City of Ghent, Province East Flan- ders, North Sea Port and the Belgian Taxshelter

Friday 13 April
After performance talk with the participants

Main Stage
4€ - 28€
Special remarks: 
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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