Choreography for the Ballet National du Rhin in the “ballet bouffon” by Jean-Philippe Rameau

Featuring the Ballet National du Rhin, the Opéra National du Rhin, and Les Talens Lyriques

Broadcast on ARTE, MEZZO and BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK

Winner of the prize “Meilleurs créateurs d’élements scéniques” from the Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique in France

“Thousandfold praise for Joshua Monten’s choreography: audacious, at times even subversive, perfectly in synch with the intentions of the staging… Frothy, inventive and sprightly, the choreography undoubtably reaches its peak when a gang of idle cowboys and Indians emerge hand-in-hand from the ad-clogged television set to dance a melancholic minuet! Rock-n-roll, line dancing and the Twist somehow never seem at odds with Rameau’s music. Needless to say, the excellent Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin seems to have grown in stature by participating in this euphoric enterprise, and the manifold talents of each company member are put to the best of use. A perfectly thought-out, perfectly carried-out staging… which is destined to become a classic.”
Jean-Luc Clairet, ResMusica, 4 July 2014

“Rarely has 1950’s America been portrayed with such exuberant wit by musical theater and dance as in this ravishing staging of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Platée…. The greatest credit goes to the furiously playful and strikingly versatile dancers, and to Joshua Monten, who has supplied the perfect choreography for drunken party guests tumbling all over one another in erotically charged scenes, leather-clad hooligans, girls in petticoats, half-naked Indians and wild cowboys, synchronized swimmers, and bathing beauties in shimmering blue bathing suits.”
Klaus Kalchschmid, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12 June 2013

Directed by

Mariame Clément

Choreography

Joshua Monten

Stage and Costume Design

Julia Hansen

Conducted by

Christophe Rousset

Produced by

Opéra National du Rhin

 

 

“The numerous dance scenes integrated into the staging give remarkable evidence of a delirious creativity.” Thérèse Jauffret, Agence France-Presse, 10 March 2013

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

12 March 2010 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F) (premiere)
14 March 2010 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
16 March 2010 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
18 March 2010 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
20 March 2010 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
22 March 2010 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
28 March 2010 — Théâtre de la Sinne, Mulhouse (F)
30 March 2010 — Théâtre de la Sinne, Mulhouse (F)
12 October 2013 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
16 October 2013 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
27 October 2013 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
3 November 2013 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
8 June 2014 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
10 June 2014 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
13 June 2014 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
15 June 2014 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
16 June 2014 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
17 June 2014 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
19 June 2014 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
21 June 2014 — Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (F)
29 June 2014 — Théâtre de la Sinne, Mulhouse (F)
30 June 2014 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
1 July 2014 — Théâtre de la Sinne, Mulhouse (F)
16 July 2014 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)
26 July 2014 — Staatstheater Nürnberg (D)