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Le Journal d'un disparu

No stranger to the Grand Théâtre, audiences will be familiar with director Ivo van Hove's previous productions, After the Rehearsal, Persona, Antigone, Vu du Pont and Obsession . Now he is back with this new emotionally charged production of Diary of One Who Disappeared, Leo Janá?ek's passionate love cycle. After reading a series of mysterious poems about a village boy called Janik, who falls in love with the gypsy girl Zefka and gives up everything to follow her, Janá?ek (1854-1928) was inspired to write this poetic song cycle for voice and piano. The piece also reflects Janá?ek's own sadness about his impossible love for his much younger muse.

Janá?ek's masterpiece is the starting point for this contemporary adaptation by the playwright Krystian Lada and composer Annelies Van Parys. Van Hove adapts Janá?ek's work making it contemporary. He also uses extracts from Janá?ek's love letters to create an intimate self-portrait, and brings on tenor Ed Lyon, actor Hugo Koolschijn and the chorus of De Munt for this penetrating performance about alienation.

» What stands out from all of this, is the way in which Van Parys has written the role of the gypsy woman. Van Parys finds a way to seamlessly entwine her style with Janá?ek's style without the two coinciding. Knack Focus, Els Van Steenberghe

» Annelies Van Parys, an exceptional Belgian artist, has added her own compositions (...) and she has done so in a sublime way with an incredible amount of respect for Janá?ek's music. (...) A very intimate performance, a miniature. Klara Radio, Chantal Pattyn

» One thing this production certainly has to offer, is the accompanying music composed by Annelies Van Parys. The added value is great, mysterious, beautiful. Elaborating on the existing passages for female voices, she has created full-fledged counter voices, who turn Janá?ek's haunted male conscience inside out. This delivers a composition worthy of a wide audience and a long lasting life. De Standaard, Tom Janssens

Mise en scène Ivo van Hove
Scénographie & lumières Jan Versweyveld
Costumes An D'Huys
Dramaturgie Krystian Lada Ténor Peter Gijsbertsen
Mezzo-soprano Marie Hamard
Acteur Hugo Koolschijn
Piano Lada Valesova
Trois voix de femmes Trees Beckwé* (soprano), Isabelle Jacques* (soprano), Raphaële Green* (mezzo-soprano)
*Chanteurs de l'Académie de chœur de la Monnaie
Première de cette production au Kaaitheater, Bruxelles le 11 mars 2017 Production Muziektheater Transparant
Coproduction Toneelgroep Amsterdam, De Munt/La Monnaie, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Klarafestival, Kaaitheater, Operadagen Rotterdam, Beijing Music Festival

Jeudi 4  JANVIER 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)
Vendredi 5  JANVIER 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)
DURÉE 1h15 (pas d'entracte)
Introduction à l'opéra par Monsieur Jérôme Wigny des Amis de l'Opéra   une demi-heure avant chaque représentation (en langue française)Adultes 20 / Jeunes 8 / Kulturpass bienvenu Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Studio


Th 04 January 2018 20:00 Horaire


Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman



(c) Jan Versweyveld