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The string quartet's guide to sex and anxiety

Calixto Bieito
In English, with French surtitles Platform discussion with Calixto Bieito after the first performance.

The Catalan theatre and opera director Calixto Bieito established his reputation as one of the most controversial but also among the most exciting directors of his generation, who has made an extraordinary reputation for himself in the past years as "the Quentin Tarantino of opera", and Europe's "most over-the-top director".

The tempestuous relationship between sex, anxiety and music comes to a head in his remarkable new production.

Music and drama collide as the award-winning string powerhouse The Heath Quartet performs alongside an equally stunning quartet of actors to deliver an unmissable montage of melody and madness. The eight artists will take you on a journey through time to explore how our innermost thoughts wage battle with our artistic impulses.

Calixto has been influenced by two maverick philosophers working 400 years apart. Every age has its own affliction according to academic Byung-Chul Han and ours is 'determined neither by bacteria nor by viruses, but by neurons'. But a little-known author named Robert Burton may have found the cure many years ago in his strange yet surprisingly relevant book, The Anatomy of Melancholy. This show doesn't have the cure but you will feel better after seeing it.

That which others hear or read of, I felt and practised myself; they get their knowledge by books, I mine by melancholising. Robert Burton

As part of their commitment to provide exciting opportunities for emerging directors, the Théâtres de la Ville are delighted that Calixto Bieito has accepted to work with Laure Roldan as his assistant. Laure was project leader in the theatre category in last year's TalentLAB and will now be able to continue her development by working with one of the great directors of our time.

Calixto Bieito
The artistic career of the Spanish director Calixto Bieito unfolded when he directed the Teatro Romea in Barcelona from 1999 till 2011. Since 2001 he has worked at Salzburg Festival, Hannover, London's ENO, Komische Oper Berlin, Zurich, Antwerp, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Oslo, Madrid, Basel, and Stuttgart. Calixto Bieito was honored as opera director with the European Cultural Prize by Basle's Kulturstiftung Pro Europa in 2009. In 2012 he received the Italian Franco Abbiati Prize, to be followed by Spain's highly respected Premios Líricos Campoamor in Oviedo in 2014. He was artist in residence Basle's Theater from 2013 to 2015. He is Artistic Director at Bilbao's Teatro Arriaga since 2017.

Director Calixto Bieito Assistant Director Laure Roldan Cast The Heath Quartet & Nick Harris, Mairead McKinley, Cathy Tyson and Miltos YerolemuMardi 29  MAI 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)
Mercredi 30 MAI 2018 à 20h00 (tickets) DURÉE inconnue, spectacle en création Adultes 20 /


We 30 May 2018 20:00 Horaire


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