23 mai 2018
Opéra de Dijon

Premiered in August 1748 at the Academie Royale de la Musique in Paris, Pygmalion is one of Rameau’s most spectacular successes in the genre of “acte de ballet”, a short piece in one act combining spectacle, music and dance. Rameau’s Pygmalion takes us into the workshop of the sculptor who falls in love with his statue, to whom he has given the form of the perfect woman. Moved by this, Love gives life to the statue, along with all the graces.
Emmanuelle Haïm and her Concert d’Astrée have once again gathered around them a top-tier cast: Magali Leger gives flesh and voice to the love-struck statue, and the rising young Belgian tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen succumbs to her charms! The staging is directed by the South African choreographer Robyn Orlin, whose shows offer a joyous and often humorous mix of corporeal movement with video and the plastic arts, updating this parable into a contemporary reflection on the powers of creation.

Music : Jean-Philippe Rameau (Pygmalion), Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (Cupid and Psyche)
Libretto : Sylvain Ballot de Sauvot (Pygmalion), Claude-Henri de Fusée de Voisenon (Cupid and Psyche)
Musical direction : Emmanuelle Haïm
Setting : Robyn Orlin
Choreography : Robyn Orlin

Singing :
Pygmalion
Reinoud Van Mechelen (Pygmalion)
Samantha Louis-Jean (Cephissus)
Hasnaa Bennani (Cupid)
Magali Léger (The Statue)

L’Amour et Psyché
Samantha Louis-Jean (Venus)
Magali Léger (Psyche)
Hasnaa Bennani (Cupid)
Victor Sicard (Tisiphone)

Scenography : Atelier Maciej Fiszer
Costumes : Olivier Bériot
Choral : Choeur du Concert d’Astrée
Orchestra : Le Concert d’Astrée
Production : Opéra de Dijon (Dijon)