La Métamorphose

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” The famous fist lines from Kafka’s Metamorphosis inspired an entire opera, an immense litany imagined by Michaël Levinas, taken over today by the ensemble Le Balcon and the visual artist Nieto. How does one realize the worrying man-animal metamorphosis on stage, hybridization of vocal, instrumental, and electronics? Attracted by the “extreme triviality that gives this novel—that is in no way a fantasy or pre-surrealist text—its terrifying character, an unimaginable terror”, Michaël Levinas chose a countertenor for Gregor’s childish complait, a voice strengthened and almost delayed by the electronics.  An art of transition and thresholds, paradoxical polyphonies, La Métamorphose is a constantly altered state: music that “doesn’t stop falling”.

La Métamorphose © Nieto

La Métamorphose © Nieto

Opéra by Michaël Levinas based on the text by Franz Kafka
Premiere of the new version
Musical Director Maxime Pascal
Adapted book Emmanuel Mones, Michaël Levinas, Benoît Meudic
Director, Video Nieto
Sound Projection Florent Derex
Assistant producer Violeta Zamudio
Costumes Pascale Lavandier
Special Effects Franck Limon-Duparcmeur
Lights Arthur Cemin
IRCAM Computer Music Design Benoit Meudic
Production Music Design Augustin Muller
Le Balcon

Gregor, countertenor Rodrigo Ferreira
La Sœur de Gregor, soprano Elise Chauvin
Le Père, baritone Vincent Vantyghem
La Mère, contralto Camille Merckx
Fondé de pouvoir et locataire, baritone Sydney Fierro
Locataire, bass bartitone Florent Baffi
Locataire, baritone, bass baritone Virgile Ancely
La femme de peine, mezzo-soprano Anne Emmanuelle Davy

Wednesday, June 17, 7-7:30pm, salle Christian-Bérard
Before the performance, the musicologist Philippe Cathé will enlighten us on the work by Michaël Levinas.
Free entry.

A Le Balcon production. IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction with the support of the Fondation Orange, the Adami and the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Co-organized by Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Compagnie DCA-Philippe Decouflé and Stink. With the support of the SACD.