At BFM, dying, gathering, and singing Mozart's "Requiem" with the living

01 - 02 nov 2019 | BFM - Bâtiment des Forces Motrices | Durée : 1h40

Requiem pour L.

Fabrizio Cassol / Alain Platel

At Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM)

The authors resuscitate Mozart’s Requiem at the crossroads of opera, jazz and African music. Belgian stage director and choreographer Alain Platel and Italian composer Fabrizio Cassol bring to life this Christian prayer for the dead, which they combine with African rituals. On the screen, L. (for Lucie) “has offered” Alain Platel her dying moments, the time of which she has chosen, knowing that she is terminally ill. This requiem is for her, as well as for those whom we have loved.


This play received three prizes at the KONTAKT International Theatre Festival in Torun (Poland) for Best Production and Best Soundtrack as well as the Critics’ Award (May 2018).

“In our minds, theatre is always a ceremony. This show, which sweeps everything away wherever it is performed, features a prayer for the dead, and for one in particular on All Saints Day. It focuses on love and death and music, as everything does in theatre. This ceremony, like a posthumous message to the public, does not advocate for medically assisted death, however. In front of such a mirror, we find ourselves in communion with all our losses, past and future.” NKDM


Infos pratiques

Duration: 1h40
Rates: from CHF 10 to CHF 40
Recommended age: 14+

In addition:
Appetisers: Friday and Saturday, 30 min before the beginning of the show


Featuring: Joao Barradas, Stephen Diaz, Rodrigo Ferreira, Bouton Kalanda, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Silva Makengo, Fredy Massamba, Owen Metsileng, Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Boule Mpanya, Erick Ngoya, Michel Seba, Russel Tshiebua, Niels Van Heertum, Rodriguez Vangama
Music: Fabrizio Cassol based on Mozart’s Requiem
Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
Dramaturgy: Hildegard de Vuyst 
Musical assistant: Maribeth Diggle 
Dance assistant: Quan Bui Ngoc 
Scenography: Alain Platel 
Set design: Wim Van de Cappelle in collaboration with NTGent’s set workshop 
Costumes: Dorine Demuynck 
Lighting: Carlo Bourguignon  
Sound: Carlo Thompson, Guillaume Desmet 
Video: Simon Van Rompay 
Camera: Natan Rosseel 
Technical direction: Jan Mergaert 
Head of Production: Katrien Van Gysegem 
Staging assistant, tour manager: Steve De Schepper 
Production: Les ballets C de la B; Festival de Marseille; Berliner Festpiele 
Coproduction: Opéra de Lille (FR); Théâtre National de Chaillot Paris (FR); Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU); Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (GR); TorinoDanza (IT); Aperto Festival - Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia (IT); Kampnagel Hamburg (DE); Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (DE); Festspielhaus St. Pölten (AT); L’Arsenal Metz (FR); Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain Bayonne (FR); La Ville de Marseille-Opéra (FR)

For blind and visually impaired people, a tactile visit of the set is scheduled on Saturday 2 Nov, approximately 1.5 hours before the beginning of the show, in association with Dire Pour Voir. 

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