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Opera Ballet new production world creation


Alain Platel

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Alain Platel brings together choir members, dancers and orchestral musicians for a new performance that puts encounters at centre stage

‘Never was a shade of a tree so lovely...’, it says in Händel’s famous aria ‘Ombra mai fu’. Alain Platel and visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere take inspiration from the shade of a tree as a meeting place, as a place where people all over the world and throughout history come together to rest, meet or discuss problems. De Bruyckere’s poetic world of images seems to share a kinship with Platel’s universe.

After the overwhelming success of C(H)OEURS 2022, Platel once again invites the chorus members, dancers and orchestral musicians of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen to join a creative dialogue. Together with singer and performer TK Russell and guest choreographers Mélanie Lomoff and Luis Marrafa, they create the performance Ombra. Composer Steven Prengels is developing a new orchestral score in which he interweaves well-known classical masterpieces by the likes of Händel, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven into new layers of meaning.

ca. 1h45

Free introduction (in Dutch) 60 minutes before the start of the performance.

After the performances on 14 April (Opera Antwerp) and 5 May (Opera Ghent), you can attend an afterword, 10 minutes after the end of the performance. Our dramaturges will engage in a conversation with the production team and the audience.

The creators



  • "'Met Ombra lijkt Alain Platel de rekening van een leven op te maken: het leven en sterven van een boom, dat van Gerard Mortier (‘een boom van een vent’) en ook wel zijn eigen leven en werk. Hij doet het virtuoos, met krachtige beelden tussen wanhoop en mildheid.'"

    De Morgen

  • "Hoe mooi was de première wow wow wow tekort aan superlatieven!!!"

    Focus Knack

  • "Such an amazing show 🔥❤️👏 I loved it"

    De Tijd

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