»Passion« by Sasha Waltz as Video-on-Demand on YouTube

As a little Easter surprise, a recording of a performance of »Passion« at La Monnaie in Brussels is now for the first time available as video-on-demand on our YouTube channel from April 15th to 24th 2022 – enjoy.

Following »Dido & Aeneas« (2005), »Medea« and »Roméo et Juliette« (2007) Sasha Waltz with »Passion« again developed a choreographic opera. Like »Medea«, a contemporary composition by Pascal Dusapin served as the base. The nucleus of Sasha Waltz’s choreography are the solo singers Barbara Hannigan and Georg Nigl, complemented by a small group of dancers.

Pascal Dusapin’s »Passion« is a musical engagement with the Orpheus myth with Claudio Monteverdi’s operatic setting at its centre. For the most part he relates the myth through Eurydice’s eyes. The myth is the dramaturgical guideline for the storytelling. Stage and lighting design indicate the boundaries between the two worlds. In course of the performance the players on stage pass through various membranes separating the world of the living, »reality«, from the hidden world, the »Underworld«.

The title role is sung by the magnificent Barbara Hannigan, her partner being her peer Georg Nigl. The Vocalconsort Berlin constitutes the chorus, while the Ensemble Modern under the batton of Franck Ollu provides the music. The libretto is in Italian. The composition was commissioned by the Festival d´Aix-en-Provence 2008 and received its world premiere on 6th of October 2010 at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

For the first time a recording of a performance at La Monnaie in Brussels is now available as video-on-demand here on our YouTube channel from April 15th to 24th 2022 – enjoy.

Direction / Choreography
Sasha Waltz
Musical Direction
Franck Ollu
Stage Design
Thilo Reuther and Sasha Waltz
Costume Design
Hussein Chalayan
Light Design
Thilo Reuther
Electroacoustic System
Thierry Coduys
Dramaturgy
Ilka Seifert
Repetition
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola

Soloists
Lei
Barbara Hannigan
Lui
Georg Nigl

Dance / Choreography
Edivaldo Ernesto
Virgis Puodziunas
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
Yael Schnell
Shi Xuan
Niannian Zhou

Vocalconsort Berlin
Ensemble Modern

A production by Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris and Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Opéra de Lille. Made in Radialsystem.