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Accattone

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INTRO

He lies and steals, forces women into prostitution and preaches conflict. For the anti-Messiah Accatone (literally “beggar”), work is a burden, he and his companions do not define themselves through property, status or social function. Pushed out into the desert-like margins of the capitalist world, similar to a Dantesque hell, Pasolini’s heroes of the “sub-proletariat” are fighting for survival. Instead of obeying bourgeois concepts of values and morality, they follow their instinct and worship the intensity of the moment. For this reason Pasolini saw the potential in this “sub-proletariat” for a new social and political order.

 

Johan Simons’ production takes this perspective as the point of departure for a music theatre project in which Pasolini’s text and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach are placed in a new relation to each other. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent use Bach’s cantatas to generate a creative tension between the promise of heavenly redemption and earthly reality, which finds powerful visual expression in the Kohlenmischhalle (coal mixing hall) at Zeche Lohberg in Dinslaken, which is being used here as a performance venue for the first time.

Exhibition

PHOTO

Fuga

Morgenröte

Visite Guidée Mâlique

Contrapunctus

HELD

Konstellation

Schäume

Le réveil TamTam

© Jules August

CREDITS

music.

text.

direction.

conductor.

dramaturgy.

soundscape.

light.

sound.

costumes.

set design.

 

actors.

 

 

soloists.

 

 

orchestra and choir.

 

production.

 

première.

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Johan Simons

Philippe Herreweghe

Koen Tachelet, Tobias Staab, Jan Vandenhouwe

Steven Prengels

Wolfgang Göbbel

Will-Jan Pielage

Anja Rabes

Muriel Gerstner

 

Benny Claessens, Elsie De Brauw, Anna Drexler, Steven Scharf, Steven van Watermeulen, Mandela Wee Wee, Lien Wildemeersch, Jeff Wilbusch

 

Dorothee Mields (sopraan), Damien Guillon (contratenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Peter Kooij (bas)

 

Collegium Vocale Gent

 

Ruhrtriennale, NTGent

 

14.08.15, Kohlenmischhalle, Dinslaken

16.09.15, loods Lemahieu, Gentse haven