Adapted from Mozart’s final composition, long-time collaborators Alain Platel and Fabrizio Casso deliver a bold new interpretation of Mozart’s Requiem that combines opera, jazz and popular African music, in an elegy to death that is at once joyful and sad, redemptive and uplifting. Fourteen musicians and singers from South Africa, the Congo and Europe accompany a video that captures L.’s passage through the final hours of her life. Accordion, electric guitar and bass, euphonium, percussion, and singers equally comfortable in popular and classical idioms, inhabit a set that alludes to memorials and burial grounds, but plays host to exhilarating song and dance.
Masterfully combining forms and traditions, Requiem pour L. invites the audience to witness a new kind of mass, one that offers unforgettable and poignant moments of mourning supported by an exaltation of voices; an extravagant celebration at the moment of death, but a performance for the living.
Luminato Festival Toronto was proud to present les ballets C de la B’s En avant, marche! in 2017, and we are delighted to be bringing the company back to Toronto with this powerful work.
Estimated run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, no intermission
Opéra de Lille, Théâtre national de Chaillot (Paris), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), TorinoDanza, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, L’Arsenal (Metz), Scène nationale du Sud-Aquitain (Bayonne), La Ville de Marseille-Opéra and Festival Aperto / Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia)