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.
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.
One of the leading lights in the European theatre, Krzysztof Warlikowski is celebrated for his psychological precision, the non-conformism of his dramaturgical readings and his contemporary visual language. In this video portrait, he walks us through his previous La Monnaie productions.
Romantic vocal lines, atonal sprechgesang or even just spoken word – give Georg Nigl a text and he imprints expression and meaning on each and every syllable. In honour of his literary recital, we delved deep into our archives and found this – equally literary – fragment: his heartfelt interpretation of the poet Jakob Lenz in the eponymous opera by Wolfgang Rihm, which earned him the title of ‘Singer of the Year’ in 2015.
The bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner behind The Time of Our Singing would have loved to attend the world premiere of this opera adaptation. The promotional obligations surrounding his latest novel Bewilderment decided otherwise. A planned encounter with the author thus became an extended Zoom conversation that deserves to be shared here in its entirety - despite the occasional internet glitch and subpar pixel quality.