Massimo Furlan / Théâtre De Vidy
Thu 13.02.'2020:00 - 22:00NTGent Schouwburg
When people think of the Eurovision Song Contest, they rarely think high-quality entertainment. That is why director Massimo Furlan and dramaturg Claire de Ribaupierre chose this event as the main inspiration for their humoristic performance. The duo have invited a number of influential European thinkers to write philosophical lyrics for pop songs. The songs will be performed live and in the original language. A local jury of intellectuals will then comment on the lyrics and vote with the audience to decide who wins, following the Eurovision format to a teet.
This philosophical Eurovision is a reaction to the growing contempt the populist movement feels towards intellectuals. It’s a cunning reaction to the disappearance of depth in societal debate, which plays to the advantage of the entertainment industry.
concept, direction & scenography Massimo Furlan - concept & dramaturgy Claire de Ribaupierre - assistant Nina Negri - songs lyrics Jean Paul Van Bendegem (Belgium, Flemish region), Vinciane Despret (Belgium, Walloon region), Philippe Artières (France), Michela Marzano (Italy), Kristupas Sabolius (Lithuania), Ande Somby (Norway), José Bragança de Miranda (Portugal), Mladen Dolar (Slovenia), Santiago Alba Rico (Spain), Mondher Kilani (Switzerland) - musical composition Monika Ballwein (lead), Maïc Anthoine, Gwénolé Buord, Arno Cuendet, Davide De Vita, Lynn Maring, Bart Plugers, Karin Sever - musical direction Steve Grant, Mimmo Pisino - coordination & musical supervision Laurence Desarzens, Thomas Dobler - movement coach Anne Delahaye - lighting Antoine Friderici - costumes Severine Besson - make-up / wigs Julie Monot - technical & set construction Théâtre Vidy (Lausanne) - with Massimo Furlan, a local co-presenter, Davide De Vita, Dylan Monnard (voice, alternating), Dominique Hunziker, Lynn Maring, Marie Grillet (voice, alternating), Mathis Bouveret-Akengin, François Cuennet (keyboards, alternating), Pascal Stoll, Martin Burger (guitar, alternating), Jocelin Lipp, Mimmo Pisino (guitar bass, alternating), Hugo Dordor, Steve Grant (drums, alternating) - with the participation of a local jury at each performance (4 thinkers) - production Numero23Prod, Théâtre Vidy (Lausanne) - in collaboration with the jazz and contemporary music departments at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne - coproduction MC93, Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny), Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena), Festival de Otoño a Primavera (Madrid), D. Maria II (Lisbon), Teatro Municipal do Porto, Theater der Welt 2020 (Düsseldorf) - with the support of Ville de Lausanne, État de Vaud, Pro Helvetia (Fondation Suisse pour la Culture), Loterie Romande, the Interreg Program France-Switzerland 2014-2020 - with funding support from the ERDF