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Der Idiot /​Le Miracle de la rose

Music Theatre Diptych

Can beauty really save the world?

Hans Werner Henze, one of the greatest German composers of the second half of the 20th century, is best known for his playful, political chamber operas — but his more experimental formal research, on the borderline between music theater and dance, has yet to be rediscovered: it has resulted in original creations that are still too little known and performed. After a first exploration of his music in our music theatre evening Violences, we turn to two of his works for dancers: the “imaginary theatre” Le Miracle de la rose, after Jean Genet, and the “ballet-​pantomime” Der Idiot, after Dostoyevsky, on an original text by the poet Ingeborg Bachmann. Two complementary visions of the providential “saint” figure, supposed to save the society he enters – in one case the carceral system, in the other the bourgeoisie of Petersburg… Which one is most toxic?

Creative Team

Concept and Realization

La Chambre aux échos

On musical works by

Hans Werner Henze

Stage Direction and Co-​Design

Aleksi Barrière 

Musical Direction

Clément Mao-​Takacs

Co-​Design and Lighting

Étienne Exbrayat


Thomas Kellner

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