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Requiem pour L.

Hear Mozart’s final composition with new ears, and see death through new eyes.

June 11 - 14, 2020

This show has been CANCELLED

AUDIENCE ADVISORY:
Sung in Latin, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba, Kikongo, and Kilari. No surtitles.
Please be aware that this show contains smoke and fog.

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
 

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Co-produced by:

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)

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les ballets C de la B

Requiem pour L.

Hear Mozart’s final composition with new ears, and see death through new eyes.

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Performance: Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:40 PM
Bluma Appel Theatre
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Performance: Friday, June 12, 2020
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Performance: Saturday, June 13, 2020
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Performance: Sunday, June 14, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:40 PM
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Reviews

“Joyous music and moves”
– The Guardian
“An imaginative performance”
– London Grip
“Playful yet passionate”
– The Times
“An extraordinary fusion between Mozart's Requiem and African music. Requiem pour L. confronts us with our own mortality in a way that is both sad and joyful, serene and boisterous.”
– Culturewhisperer.com

Creative Team

MUSIC
Fabrizio Cassol, based on 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, Stephen Diaz, Rodrigo Ferreira, Maribeth Diggle (lyric vocals)
Joao Barradas, Charles Kieny (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
Alain Platel (idea)
Natan Rosseel (camera)
Simon Van Rompay (montage)

SET DESIGN
Alain Platel

SET REALIZED
Wim Van de Cappelle in collaboration with scenography atelier NTGent

LIGHTING DESIGN
Carlo Bourguignon

SOUND DESIGN
Carlo Thompson, Guillaume Desmet

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

TRAINEEE PERFORMING ARTS
Lisaboa Houbrechts

TRAINEE THEATREE ENGINEERING
Ijf Boullet