30th Festival 2020

Fringe programme

Sunday, 08. November 2020 // 4.00 – ca. 6.15 p.m.

From 14 years

Passage Kinos

(Free entry)


»C(h)œurs«

Film recording (from Teatro Real, Madrid, 2012)

Music and dance theatre by Alain Platel



Scenic photo from »C(h)oeurs«


Music: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner

Conception, staging and choreography: Alain Platel

Musical conduction: Marc Piollet

Choir und orchestra: Teatro Real, Madrid

Dancers: les ballets C de la B, Gent

World première: 12.03.2012, Teatro Real, Madrid // Duration: 110 minutes

Film production: 3sat, Mainz, and Televisión Española, Madrid

With the kind permission of ZDF

Introduction: Arnd Wesemann, journalist, tanz, Berlin



Alain Platel, born in Ghent in 1956, is one of the most important choreographers of our time. In 1984, he founded the company les ballets C de la B in his home city and has been a guest at euro-scene Leipzig with nine pieces, most recently with »Requiem pour L.« in 2018. The concept for the competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) is also his.

In 2012, Alain Platel staged the piece »C(h)œurs« in the opera house Madrid; the title combines the French words cœurs (hearts) and chœurs (choirs). He selected choral works from the two composers Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) and Richard Wagner (1813-1883), who gave the people a voice in their magnificent operas. The charged relationship between the individual and the masses experiences another intensification through dance.