Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol

Requiem pour L.

12-15 APR 2018
Main Stage
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!
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.


Requiem pour L. is a production of: les ballets C de la B, Festival de Marseille, Berliner Festspiele / Fabrizio Cassol & Alain Platel
Music: Fabrizio Cassol after Mozart’s Requiem
Direction: Alain Platel

With and by: Rodriguez Vangama (direction, electric bass-guitar), Boule Mpanya, Fredy Massamba, Russell Tshiebua (vocals), Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Owen Metsileng, Stephen Diaz (lyric vocals),  Joao Barradas (accordion), Kojack Kossakamvwe (electric guitar), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Bouton Kalanda, Erick Ngoya, Silva Makengo (likembe) Michel Seba (percussion)

Musical dramaturgy: Maribeth Diggle
Production: les ballets C de la B, Festival de Marseille, Berliner Festspiele
Coproduction: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille, TorinoDanza, Kampnagel Hamburg, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, La Ville de Marseille Opéra
Distribution: Frans Brood Productions
With the support of: City of Ghent, Province East Flanders, the Flemish authorities and Port of Ghent

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