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Masterarrangement Cornerteateret

  • Thormøhlens gate 45, Bergen
  • +47 55210630
  • 31. Mai 2017 - 31. Mai 2017
  •  /  20:00 to 21:10
  • (1 Upcoming Dates)

A chamber work about a philosopher and political activist.

Philosopher and teacher Simone Weil (1909–1943) grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Paris but nonetheless sympathized with the radical workers' movement. She joined the Spanish civil war and was a member of the French resistance during World War II.

The main character in La Passion de Simone is a modern-day figure who reflects upon Simone's ideals. What might we learn from someone who, in an attempt to understand and fight violence and oppression, tried uncompromisingly to put herself in the place of its victims?

In the course of the opera's monologue, we hear Weil's own voice, at a distance, mediated through an actor. A vocal quartet represents victims of and witnesses to human oppression. The ensemble members portray each tableau as an inner landscape. The work does not describe the philosopher's life as a series of chronological events; instead, it indicates a way of thinking. It is an agnostic prayer for human values and collective memory. 

Kaija Saariaho music

Amin Maalouf text

La Chambre aux échos concept and artistic direction

Clément Mao - Takacs musical direction

Aleksi Barrière stage direction 

Pauline Squelbut scenographer/stage manager

Étienne Exbrayat lighting design 

Liisa Nieminen costumes 

Clémentine Marin production administrator 

BIT20 Ensemble

Sayuri Araida solo soprano

Vocal ensemble: 

Sandra Darcel soprano      

Marianne Seleskovitch mezzo-soprano   

Johan Viau tenor    

Romain Dayez bass-baritone 

Isabelle Seleskovitch actress


La Passion de Simone

Norwegian premiere

No interval

Introduction at 19:15. Details TBC. 

  • Last Updated: 03.01.2017
  • Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
Mittwoch, 31. Mai 2017

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