Photo: © Chris van der Burght
Photo: © Chris van der Burght

Les Ballets C. de la B. / Alain Platel + Fabrizio Cassol "VSPRS"

Theater an der Wien & ImPulsTanz proudly present:

June 5, 6 + 8, 2007, 8.00 pm, at the Theater an der Wien

The renowned choreographer Alain Platel has vivid memories of the Vespers, the Vespro della Beata Vergine, composed by Claudio Monteverdi in 1610. Platel first heard the piece as an adolescent
in a church in Ghent. Time and again, the authentic baroque instruments would go out of tune, which may explain the links he made with heart-wrenching gipsy-music. The perception of the protagonists in VSPRS also seems to be warped, distorted and disturbed. The world Platel and his ensemble examine is that of the autistic, of Tourette's syndrome patients and hysterics. Inspired by the work of the nerologist Oliver Sacks (Awakenings) and by a series of short films by dr. Arthur Van Gehuchten (1861-1914) made of patients at the University of Leuven in 1905. Les Ballets C. de of La B. investigate the behaviour and movement patterns of people forced to live in an isolated world by pathological defects.

Yet VSPRS is not a medical case study. Alain Platel and his dancers transform these people’s conditions, their desire, rage, tenderness and dedication into the exclusivity of ecstasy. They penetrate the various stages of being rendered helpless, the physical and verbal expressions of which are strangely moving because they are evocative of the innocence of children. The spiritual mood of VSPRS comes not least from Monteverdi’s Marian vespers, one of the main works of Western sacred music. Alain Platel asked the Belgian jazz saxophone player and composer Fabrizio Cassol to link Monteverdi’s music with the possibilities offered by jazz and gypsy musique.

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