Les Indes Galantes – Opéra Bastille, 2019

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A masterpiece of the Enlightenment, Les Indes galantes is a sparkling entertainment. Yet Rameau’s first opera‑ballet also testifies to the ambiguous view held by Europeans concerning other peoples – Turks, Incas, Persians, “Savages”… In 2017, film director Clément Cogitore made an explosive and critically acclaimed film adaptation of an extract from Les Indes galantes in collaboration with the Krump dancers. This time, with choreographer Bintou Dembélé, he takes up Rameau’s box of delights in its entirety to set it once more in an urban and political space whose frontiers he explores.

Music : Jean-Philippe Rameau

Libretto : Louis Fuzelier

Conductor : Leonardo García Alarcón

Director : Clément Cogitore

Choreography : Bintou Dembélé

Set Design : Alban Ho Van et Ariane Bromberger

Costume Design : Wojciech Dziedzic

Lighting Design : Sylvain Verdet

Musical Dramaturgy : Katherina Lindekens

Dramaturgy : Simon Hatab

Chorus master : Thibault Lenaerts

 

Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea

Choeur de la Chambre de Namur

Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra National de Paris

Les danseurs de la Compagnie Rualité

 

Cast

 

Hébé : Sabine Devieilhe

Bellone : Florian Sempey

L’amour : Jodie Devos

Osman : Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Emilie : Julie Fuchs

Vaère : Mathis Vidal

Huascar : Alexandre Duhamel

Phani : Sabine Devieilhe

 

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