Opera-Ballet in four acts & a prologue (1735)
New Production! A masterpiece of the Enlightenment, Les Indes galantes ('The Amorous Indies') is a sparkling entertainment about love and fidelity in exotic places. However, Rameau’s opera-ballet also manifests an ambiguous humanism: the European view of Otherness – Turks, Incas, Persians, “Savages”.
In 2017, award-winning artist & director Clément Cogitore made an explosive and critically acclaimed short film adapting an extract from the work in collaboration with exponents of Krump dance. This time, with renowned hip hop exponent and choreographer Bintou Dembélé he takes up Rameau’s box of delights in its entirety, again transposing it to an urban and political space.
This production, a highlight of the Paris Opera's 350th Anniversary season, features a topflight cast of the next wave of French singers, including outstanding soprano Sabine Devieilhe, Jodie Devos and Julie Fuchs, along with Florian Sempey, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Mathias Vidal and Stanislas de Barbeyrac, joined on stage by scores of dancers.
In the pit, the talented Argentinean conductor Leonardo García Alarcón leads his Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea.
[Read] "Can “Les Indes Galantes” subvert the ideology it was written to uphold? Ms. Dembélé and Clément Cogitore, the artist and filmmaker making his stage debut as the production’s director, are betting that it can." - The New York Times (25/09/19)
Hosted by musicologist Alain Duault, the cinema presentation includes the full performance, captured live in HD from the stage of Opéra Bastille in October, plus exclusive backstage footage and interviews with Mr. Cogitore, Ms. Dembele and the cast.