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The sleeping thousand / Les mille endormis

Adam Maor (1983*)Livret de Yonatan LevyCommande du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence & des Théâtres de la Ville de LuxembourgCréation mondiale le 6 juillet 2019 au Théâtre du Jeu de PaumeEn hébreu, avec surtitres en français & anglais


Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman

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Co-commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Adam Maor and Yonatan Levy's opera The Sleeping Thousand imagines ...


Co-commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Adam Maor and Yonatan Levy's opera The Sleeping Thousand imagines the Middle-Eastern conflict as an epic fantasy. A thousand Palestinian administrative detainees, arrested in Israeli gaols without trial, go on hunger strike to capture the world's attention. As international pressure mounts and the strikers' health deteriorates, the Israeli state ? represented in the opera by the Prime Minister, his assistant Nurit and the head of the Secret Service ? resorts to an unconventional solution: it induces a comatose state in the prisoners and confines them to a high-security dormitory located inside the Prime Minister's office..."When multi-faceted reality is too overwhelming to comprehend, one needs a myth, in which the force of art enables the development of a new understanding. The Sleeping Thousand is an attempt to create such a myth, faced with the violence, corruption and injustice involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This myth, a blend of actual politics, sci-fi dystopias, Shakespearean gestures and Judeo-Islamic poetic and musical traditions, can be understood as a speculative image of a spiritual constellation, which operates from underneath to impact worldly visible events." (Yonatan Levy, director)" The Sleeping Thousand tells the story of an entire nation over seven years, where reality and the imaginary interchange as well as the heroes ? one thousand sleeping prisoners ? are neither seen nor heard. The story's multitude of cultural references will be echoed with different musical styles of the region, at times in accordance and at others in contradiction to the text so as to accentuate its satirical elements." (Adam Maor, composer)This co-production epitomizes the level of international collaboration that the Théâtres de la Ville are developing with their international partners. For this world premiere, the Luxembourg ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin will interpret the score and Anouk Schiltz will design the costumes.
Direction musicale Elena Schwarz Mise en scène Yonatan Levy Scénographie Julien Brun Costumes Anouk Schiltz Lumière Omer Shizaf Dramaturgie Amir Farjoun   Tomasz Kumi?ga , Le Premier Ministre Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod , Nurit, son assistante David Salsbery Fry , S, le chef des services secrets Benjamin Alunni , Une voix du monde: Ministre de l'Agriculture / Manifestant / Cantor   Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin Production Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Coproduction Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Helsinki Festival; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon); Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels); Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Avec le soutien de enoa and Creative Europe Programme of the European Union Avec le soutien de Jean-François Dubos & JFD Associés 

08-01-2020 - 20:00
The Sleeping Thousand / Les Mille Endormis
Adam Maor (1983*)
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
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