- Performing Arts
Guillaume Marmin / Les Paladins
From Friday 7 to Saturday 8 January 2022
Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Scène nationale
Place Georges Pompidou
Without an interval
How do you revisit Monteverdi’s music four centuries after it was written? Jérôme Correas, musical director of Les Paladins, and the artist Guillaume Marmin (the man behind Passengers, Biennale Némo’s travelling work), have partnered to create an astonishing shock to the senses, both visually and aurally.
The Baroque period begins with Claudio Monteverdi, in an era with parallels to our own: interconnections between the arts and sciences, together with major discoveries. Monteverdi reinvented musical language, giving rise to a decidedly modern body of work and one of the first operas: L’Orfeo. Jérôme Correas and Guillaume Marmin have revisited several of his pieces by transposing them to a hypnotic video installation—a drone’s eye view of our world and humanity. The asteroid (5063) Monteverdi is a fitting reference for the title of this hybrid performance in which classicism collides with technological innovation.
I was seeking to connect our contemporaneity with the classical repertoirCorreas, the opera’s music director.
Videographer Guillaume Marmin thus chose a drone in his reinterpretation of the myth in five acts. The musical programme, which also includes excerpts from The Coronation of Poppea and Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, is performed alongside a film structured in long sequence shots of natural landscapes captured by the drone, a robotic modern-day Orpheus.
Monteverdi’s lyricism blends with the soundscapes of the video, while the lighting design synchronises the visual and auditory movements, immersing us in an enthralling space-time.
Image: ORFEO 5063 © Guillaume Marmin
Music: Claudio Monteverdi, excerpts from The Eighth Book of Madrigals, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, L’Orfeo, The Coronation of Poppea / Musical director: Jérôme Correas / General direction and video: Guillaume Marmin / With Jehanne Amzal and Anne-Sophie Honoré, sopranos; Jean-François Lombard, countertenor; Jordan Mouaissia and Antonin Rondepierre, tenors; and Matthieu Heim, bass.
Production: Les Paladins / Co-production: Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Scène nationale, Théâtre de Corbeil-Essonnes, Grand Paris Sud, Némo, International Biennial of Digital Arts of the Île-de-France Region, le CENTQUATRE-PARIS