A few days before the world premiere of Bernard Foccroulle’s Climbing – Dancing, La Monnaie cellist Sébastien Walnier shares his impressions on this new cello concerto dedicated to Trisha Brown.
Composer and former general director of La Monnaie Bernard Foccroulle explains how the late choreographer Trisha Brown served as an inspiration for Climbing – Dancing. His cello concerto, commissioned by La Monnaie, gives a contemporary touch to the final Beethoven concert of our 2018-19 cycle, with the Seventh and Eighth Symfonies.
“If a piece is long, arduous, violent, sombre and hasn’t been performed for at least one-and-a-half years, they call up Olivier Py.” The French stage director surely sees the humour in it all. Truth is, his intense, timeless productions have been a major contribution to the reappraisal of the French ‘grand opéra’. In this video portrait, Py reveals his artistic credo and looks back on his previous stagings at La Monnaie.
For the first time in human history, we are contemplating the end of our species. How does that affect our experience of a requiem, of beauty? In this video, director Romeo Castellucci and conductor Raphaël Pichon reflect on the questions raised by Mozart's last, unfinished score.
Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans (born in Tongeren, May 17, 1936), died in Brussels on Sunday evening after a short illness. We are deeply saddened by the passing of this artist who was so dear to our house and we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.