Bel Air Classiques

Bel Air Classiques : Les Indes Galantes | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Ivor Bolton | Munich 2016 (DVD/Blu-ray trailer) - Les Indes Galantes (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

with : Cyril Auvity , François Lis , Goran Juric , Ivor Bolton , Tareq Nazmi , Lisette Oropesa , Ana Quintans , Anna Prohaska , Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Munchner Opernfestspiele

Les Indes Galantes in Munich, staged and choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and conducted by Ivor Bolton : an essential recording, on DVD & Blu-ray !

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When the European youth chooses War above Love, Cupid decides to seek out new followers on other continents. The opera thus recounts the way people love, hate, envy or trust overseas, all the while asking its western audience a burning question: how do we love right?

In Dreams of Babel, a documentary about the dance prodigy Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui released on DVD by Bel Air Classiques in 2010, the choreographer explained how shifting identities, multiculturalism, and his own plural heritage as the son of an immigrant, had shaped his dramaturgy and artistic inspiration. Thus, to take on the stage direction for Les Indes Galantes, whose multiple plots take place in a fantasized exotic « elsewhere » supposed to mirror the European society, meant for Cherkaoui bringing the tension between identity and alterity to a whole new level. And the choreographer pushes his reflection much farther than mere baroque specular aesthetics: his Indes Galantes raise the sensible issues of population movements, fragmented and ever-changing territories and borders, but also the refugee crisis that has shaken Europe to its very core…

For this new production at the Prinzregenten Theater, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brought his own dance ensemble, the Eastman company, as well as a brilliant vocal cast, among which Anna Prohaska, François Lis or Lisette Oropesa. Ivor Bolton conducts a Münchner Festspielorchester at the top of its game.

BONUS : Making-of (14 min.)


Opéra-ballet in a prologue and four entrées

Music : Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)
Libretto : Louis Fuzelier

Hébé / Zima : Lisette Oropesa
Bellone : Goran Juric
L’Amour / Zaïre : Ana Quintans
Osman / Ali : Tareq Nazmi
Valère / Tacmas : Cyril Auvity
Huascar / Don Alvaro : François Lis
Phani / Fatime : Anna Prohaska

Dancers of Eastman

Münchner Festspielorchester
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Freibourg

Conductor : Ivor Bolton

Stage direction & choreography : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sets : Anna Viebrock
Dramaturgy : Miron Hakenbeck, Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Chorus master : Detlef Bratschke