Is this the End? #2 is the story of a woman. Floating between life and death, she has long believed she was close to the light, but now she feels she is being held back. So much she has already fought for, so hard she thought herself a heroine, maybe even a saint. But to claim access to the highest love, she will first have to deal with her own demons...
In the second part of the tryptich Is this the End?, the composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps, the librettist Éric Brucher, and the director Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski continue their exploration of limbo and altered states of consciousness. Entitled Here’s the Woman!, this latest chapter focuses on the character of the woman. We follow her as she journeys to find the highest form of love, struggling to rid herself of her last remaining earthly attachments.
After the film in the first instalment, this time the spectator is invited to follow a performance involving digital audio and visual technology in the form of a living polyptych, diffracting reality like a tableau animé. In this project, which uses techniques that have never been used in opera before, coupled with a ‘live’ performance, there is an ever-increasing distortion of the relationship between reality and fiction.
Sung in English
Surtitles in Dutch and French
Introduction (NL / FR) 30 minutes before the show
Is this the End?
Pop Requiem in three parts by Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Libretto by Éric Brucher
Artistic concept by Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Éric Brucher and Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski
Director & filmic conceptINGRID VON WANTOCH REKOWSKI Artistic cooperation decorETIENNE ANDREYS
CostumesREGINE BECKER LightingGÉRARD MARAITE VideoJOSÉ HUEDO DramaturgySÉBASTIEN HERBECQ
Chorus masterALBERTO MORO
With the participation of
For the film : Angelo Dello Spedale Catalano, Aurélien Dubreuil Lauchaud, Pierre Gervais, Aurelio Mergola, Annette Sachs, Candy Saulnier
For the performances : Angelo Dello Spedale Catalano, Isabelle Dumont, Candy Saulnier, Jean-Luc Fafchamps
The TeenagerSARAH DEFRISE
The ManAMAURY MASSION (LYLAC)
The WomanALBANE CARRÈRE
La Monnaie Chamber orchestra and Chorus