Romeo Castellucci

Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

Opera-movie

Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti

    Saturday 26 June H 18:00

Tickets: stalls/box € 5

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by

Arthur Honegger

conductor

Kazushi Ono

director, set design, costume and light design

Romeo Castellucci

artistic collaborator

Silvia Costa

chorus master

Christophe Talmont

dramaturg

Piersandra di Matteo

Jeanne d'Arc Audrey Bonnet

Frère Dominique Sébastien Dutrieux

La Vierge Ilse Eerens

Marguerite Tineke Van Ingelgem

Catherine Aude Extrémo

Une Voix, Porcus, Héraut I, Le Clerc Jean-Noël Briend

Une Voix, Héraut II, Paysan Jérôme Varnier

Héraut III, L’Ane, Bedford, Jean de Luxembourg, Un paysan Louka Petit-Taborelli

L’Appariteur, Regnault de Chartres, Guillaume de Flavy, Perrot, Un prêtre Geoffrey Boissy

Soprano Solo Gwendoline Blondeel

Une Voix d’Enfant Siobhan Mathiak

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

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MM Academy & La Monnaie's Children's and Youth Chorus

led by

Benoît Giaux

film director

Myriam Hoyer

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

One of the most celebrated figures of European theatre, Romeo Castellucci directs Arthur Honegger and librettist Paul Claudel’s extraordinary 1935 “dramatic oratorio”. The great modernist work recounts the life of the heroine in eleven scenes, starting with the last moments of her torment: a journey backwards in time through the memories of her sentence to death and her calling in childhood. In this staging, the narrative is free of symbolism, hagiography and nostalgic portrayals of history and the celestial heroine. Castellucci almost literally lays bare the protagonist, peeling back the layers of skin to reveal this human being in all her nudity. Actors and singers will realise a kaleidoscope of memories and emotions (the extraordinary Audrey Bonnet plays the protagonist), together with the choir and large orchestra featuring pianos, saxophones, and one of the first electronic instruments, the ondes Martenot. The contemporary music, spiritual chorals, contemporary influences and jazz fuse in a musical mix which glorifies the musicality of the verses. While the opera as a whole resembles a Greek tragedy, the orchestra evokes the optimism and future hopes of the years between the two wars. The music, made from layers of memory, is a door leading to an interior journey.