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Daan Janssens, Fabrice Murgia
First performed - 19 April 2017
World premiere on April 19th, 2017.
After Menuet by Louis Paul Boon.
Composition Daan Janssens
Musical direction Filip Rathé
Stage direction Fabrice Murgia
Dramaturgy Barbara Engelhardt
Soprano Cécile Granger
Baritone Raimund Nolte
Soprano Tineke Van Ingelgem
Soprano Ekaterina Levental
Copier Frederik Neyrinck
Assistant stage direction Maxime Glaude
Repetitor Gabi Sultana
Technical coordination Nic Roseeuw
Technics Kurt Bethuyne, Victor Hidalgo, Wim Picqueur
Video design Giacinto Caponio
Lighting design Enrico Bagnoli
Set design Vincent Lemaire
Stylist Emilie Jonet
A man, a woman and a girl share a house. The man spends his days in a company’s ice cellar. To kill time he collects newspaper cuttings on all sorts of gruesome events. In the meantime, his hyperactive wife loses herself in organising the household and making children’s clothes that she sells through her brother-in-law. The housemaid who assists her plays is the main focus of the man’s desires. In Menuet, this classic triangular relationship unfolds into a grand tragedy on a domestic scale.
The composer Daan Janssens and director Fabrice Murgia are tackling the existential issues in Louis Paul Boon’s novel. The simple facts are presented three times in succession, each time through the eyes of one of the characters. This gives this banal situation a tragic depth. Solitude, shame and sexual desire are the basis for the 3D vision of man shown here. Menuet sketches a portrait of lonely people who hover between the normal and the abnormal, between speaking and silence. Daan Janssens and Fabrice Murgia go in search of this tension in the conviction that real life lies in this in-between zone.
A PRODUCTION of LOD muziektheater IN CO-PRODUCTION with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Asko|Schönberg Amsterdam, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre National Wallonie - Bruxelles, deSingel, SPECTRA Ensemble, Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Artara, De Munt / La Monnaie, Centre Henri Pousseur
WITH THE SUPPORT of enoa and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Cultureel Akkoord Vlaamse Gemeenschap en Franse Gemeenschap.