Opera Ballet Vlaanderen / Les Ballets C de la B / Alain Platel - ‘C(h)oeurs’
© Łukasz Wierzbowski

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen / Les Ballets C de la B

'C(H)OEURS 2020'
Fri 20.03
Wed 25.03

Reprise of a brilliant ode to revolution

In 2012 Gerard Mortier – former intendant of the Teatro Real – convinced famed director Alain Platel to start working with the operas of Verdi and Wagner. With the Arab Spring, the financial crisis and the Indignados movement making the papers, the choral songs blew Platel away; Wagner and Verdi wrote their compositions in equally troubling times filled with revolution. Their music grew to become patriotic anthems.

Now the time has come for an update, according to Platel. Along with the dancers, the choir and the orchestra of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, he will analyse the state of the world in 2020. How does the progressive nationalism of the nineteenth century compare to the recent trend of populism and protectionism? When does solidarity regress into herd behaviour?


Tickets for this show are sold via Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. Tickets for this show cannot be included in a Vooruit-season ticket.


thu 19.03 - 20:00 Opera Gent

prices: €14 - €90 (sold only at operaballet.be)

org Opera Ballet

language no problem


conductor Marc Piollet - concept & direction Alain Platel - design Alain Platel - musical adaptation & soundscapes Steven Prengels – choreographic assistants Bérengère Bodin, Quan Bui Ngoc, Romain Guionset - costume design Dorine Demuynck - light design Carlo Bourguignon - choir direction Jan Schweiger - dramaturgy Hildegard De Vuyst - music dramaturgy Jan Vandenhouwe - soprano Reisha Adams - symphonic orchestra, choir & dancers Opera Ballet Vlaanderen - in collaboration with les ballets C de la B - based on a production by Teatro Real, Madrid (2012)

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