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LOD / Simon Voseček, Alexandra Lacroix & Yann Verburgh
28 January 2020
World premiere on 14 August, 2019 at LOD Studio, Ghent
Concept & stage direction Alexandra Lacroix
Music Šimon Voseček
Libretto after the theatre piece H.S. – Tragédies Ordinaires by Yann Verburgh (French title)
Libretto adaptation by Aïda Gabriels, Alexandra Lacroix
Video Franziska Guggenbichler-Beck
Dramaturgy Aïda Gabriëls
Scenography Alexandra Lacroix, Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy
Costumes Céline Perrigon
Lights Jannes Dierynck
Soprano Astrid Stockman
Countertenor Logan Lopez Gonzalez
Musical execution SPECTRA
Violin Pieter Jansen
Bass clarinet Cédric De Bruycker
Viola Anna Jälving
Cello Hanna Kölbel
And quadrophonic electronica
No stage, no chairs, none of the usual things…
Just a big glass box. And people dancing in an open space.
In the background the sound of a stirring beat.
Is this a club?
Be My Superstar is an interactive opera by the director Alexandra Lacroix and the composer Šimon Voseček. It is for anyone over 14 years and is based on Yann Verburgh’s H.S. – Tragédies Ordinaires, a moving piece on bullying. Something that every youngster experiences sooner or later, close up or at a distance.
By transforming everyday bullying into words, images and music, Lacroix confronts us with the banality of the violence we are all capable of. And you can take that quite literally. As a spectator you are challenged to react to what is taking place there and then. Where does this violence originate? And where does it end up? The perpetrator becomes the victim and vice versa. Get ready for a powerful physical experience that will continue to reverberate.
Šimon Voseček’s composition will be performed live by a special SPECTRA quartet of violin, viola, cello and bass clarinet. The soprano Astrid Stockman and counter-tenor Logan Lopez Gonzalez join them on the stage.
Production of LOD muziektheater
In coproduction with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Operosa Festival Montenegro, Helsinki Festival, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Snape Maltings, Dutch National Opera, Cie MPDA - Alexandra Lacroix, SPECTRA & Opera Ballet Vlaanderen.
With the support of enoa and Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the TAX Shelter measure of the Belgian federal gouvernment and La Fondation Orange.
Tax Shelter partner Flanders Tax Shelter
In collaboration with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.