When we really have something to say to each other, we are obliged to be silent.— Maurice Maeterlinck
Starting with his first sublimely disturbing theatre works, the Belgian Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck single-handedly introduced the great change that would open the way to the theatre of the 20th century. Today, his Trois petits drames pour marionnettes forms the libretto of a new opera commissioned by La Monnaie. Under the title Le Silence des ombres, the French composer-conductor Benjamin Attahir and director Olivier Lexa opted decisively for the invisible and the unsayable. A triptych abounding in restrained dramatic tension.
The Queen, who has complete control over her servants and people, has killed most of the Tintagiles family. Now she is after the small boy himself. His sisters Ygraine and Bellangère do everything in their power to try and protect him, but nobody has ever managed to escape the menacing force that resides in the castle...
The Old Man and the Stranger appear outside a house in which a family can be seen through the windows. Their daughter’s body has just been recovered from the river where she drowned. The two Men are running out of time: a crowd is approaching from the village with the body. How should they break the news?
The wise old King Ablamore falls in love with a young slave, Alladine, but he doesn’t deceive himself: “The sadness of love that comes too late”. Enter Palomides, the fiancé of his daughter, Astolaine. One look and he, too, instantly falls in love with Alladine. Astolaine reproachlessly supports the lovers’ treason against the vengeful Ablamore.
This production is presented as part of Troika.
90' / interval 30' / 90'
Cat 1 – € 95 | Cat 2 – € 65
Cat 3 – € 34 | Cat 4 – € 10
Younger than 30
Cat 1, 2 – € 50
Cat 3 – € 20
Sung in French
Surtitles in Dutch and French
Pre-performance talks 30' before the start of the performances by Charles-Henry Boland (FR) and Pieter Mannaerts (NL)
25.10 > 05.12.2019
World premiere of a new creation by Benjamin Attahir
Commissioned by La Monnaie | De Munt
Set design and costumesMILENA FOREST, CLÉMENTINE GOMEZ GEIL, CHARLOTTE HERMANT, ARNAUD MATHIEU, LÉA PELLETIER, GABRIELLE RITZ, MARCO SANCHIS, LYNN SCHEIDWEILER, CHARLOTTE SEEGMÜLLER – students of the scenography department of École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre, supervised by VÉRONIQUE LEYENS & SIMON SIEGMANN
Video ‘Interior’OLIVIER LEXA, SIMON VAN ROMPAY
LA MORT DE TINTAGILES
Servante 1MORGANE HEYSE
Servante 2GWENDOLINE BLONDEEL•
Servante 3SARAH THÉRY••
Un PaysanPIERRE DERHET•
Le VieillardLUC VAN GRUNDERBEECK
ALLADINE ET PALOMIDES
Palomides PIERRE DERHET•
Soeurs de Palomide 1MORGANE HEYSE
Soeurs de Palomide 2GWENDOLINE BLONDEEL•
Soeurs de Palomide 3CLÉMENCE POUSSIN
Soeurs de Palomide 4SARAH THÉRY••
• MM Academy (Laureate or Soloist)
•• Alumnae of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
La Monnaie Chamber Music Ensemble
ProductionLA MONNAIE | DE MUNT
Co-productionQUEEN ELISABETH MUSIC CHAPEL (WATERLOO), LES THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG, TEATR WIELKI – POLISH NATIONAL OPERA (WARSZAWA)
Co-realisationLA MONNAIE | DE MUNT, KVS (In the framework of TROIKA)
With the support ofENOA & CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
With special thanks to the investors of taxshelter.beCENTRALE KREDIETVERLENING, VAL D'OR CONSTRUCT
In coproduction with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions With the support of taxshelter.be and ING With the support of the tax shelter of the Belgian federal government