STABAT MATER by GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESE

FR | 2018 | 70’ | HD | French | By Greg Germain | Axe Sud - Les Nouveaux Caractères | Broadcaster: France Télévisions

 

© Arnaud Bertereau

Pergolese's Stabat Mater (1736) is one of the most beautiful musical works: it is a meditation, a poem on the pain of the Virgin Mary in front of the Christ on the cross. David Bobée and Caroline Mutel bring a contemporary light to this score performed by Les Nouveaux Caractères by staging the pain of refugees who had no other choice than to leave their country. Their story is told by the dancer Bobie Mfoumou, who incarnates both the strength and fragility of the being and the acrobat Salvo Capello, who evokes with extreme sensitivity the souls of all those who have disappeared.
 

David Bobée is one of the most talented French directors, combining various disciplines, such as video, light, dance, circus and music, in collaboration with other artists. He was the assistant of Éric Lacascade. David Bobée collaborates in Russia with director/filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov and in Congo with choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono.

Musical direction: Sébastien d'Hérin

LA DIVA DU PAVE

FR | 2015 | 45’ | HD | French | By François Dubreuil | Axe Sud | Broadcaster: France Télévisions

 

This urban opera tears apart the traditional lyric art codes in particular the emblematic figure of the Diva. Drowned in her totem dress, the Creole singer Sabine Deglise comes down off her pedestal and takes us with malice and poetry in the backstage of the opera repertoire. She gives the best of her art by interpreting melodies of great composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Gershwin or Monteverdi, led by the conductor Alexis Campos. A memorable performance which detonates by the humor and emotion it distills. 
This programme is presented by Greg Germain in the Multiscénik show. This presentation can be bought as well.

CHIN 

FR | 2011 | 118'16'' | HD | French (sung & sub-titled) | By Greg Germain | Axe Sud & Théâtre Vollard | Broadcaster: France Télévisions

 

After Maraina about the first French and Malagasy inhabitants on the Bourbon's island, Jean-Luc Trulès (music composition & direction) & Emmanuel Genvrin (libretto & direction) created the opera Chin about a sugar producer conflict at La Réunion in 1955. This contemporary opera unveils a secret story from French overseas departments related to post IIWW decolonisation. Its Chinese, Indian and Malagasy sounds beautifully incorporate the traditional Western opera tradition. The singers come from Réunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe, mainland France, China, Madagascar.

At Théâtre Jean Vilar, Vitry-sur-Seine. Orchestre de l'Opéra de Massy et de l'Océan indien.

IMPEMPE YOMLINGO (THE MAGIC FLUTE)

FR | 2009 | 108' | HD | English, French (sub. ) | By Greg Germain Xhosa  | Axe Sud | Broadcaster: France Télévisions

 

©Charlotte Schousboe

In this opera, based on the original libretto, The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo in South African) is interpreted by the members of the Isango Portobello Company from South Africa in folkloric costumes. The symphonic orchestra got replaced by marimbas, percussions and a choir from South Africa. The story is located in a township, where various languages spoken in South Africa are used. Not to be missed!

Directed by Mark Dornford-May / Conductor: Mandisi Dyantyis / Choreography: Lungelo Ngamlana / With Mandisi Dyantyis, Zamile Gantana Phumzile Theo Magongoma, Pauline Malefane, Simphiwe Mayeki, Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Andy Mhlekazi Mosiea / Orchestra marimba and African percussion / In Théâtre du Châtelet