Version Orchestra and Narrator, 1787
Music Joseph Haydn
Opéra de Limoges, April 2, 2021
«Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do».
This theatrical rendition of Haydn’s landmark work connects modern-day Jerusalem with the universality of the 7 Last Words. Our performance reinvents the 1787 original ritual, initially conceived for Good Friday celebration, here reinterpreted for modern-day secular audiences, and with a theatrical twist: a secular Narrator « guides » the meditation of the audience through 7 musical sequences. By doing so, the Narrator helps the audience to understand the ongoing significance of Haydn’s message.
Filmed in Jerusalem, the video follows the Narrator as he delivers 7 brief speeches combining the Holy Scriptures with excerpts of classics by European poets and novelists. In 7 short films he meets with 7 inhabitants of Jerusalem, wearing headphones…
Facing the camera, 7 silent characters stare at the spectators, while listening to the same music. The atmosphere is theatrical, deeply poetic and meditative, using 7 anonymous faces as emotional landscapes for Haydn’s masterpiece.
Musical direction, Julien Chauvin
Narrator, Marina Hands
Installation and scenic design, Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Deloeuil
Lighting Design, Christophe Pitoiset
Video, Julien Roques
Editing, Jean-François Hautin
Dramaturgy, Luc Bourrousse
Staatstheater Hannover, March 29-30, 2020 (cancelled), Opéra National de Bordeaux, April 2019 - Opéra de Rouen Normandie, March 2019 - Cantiere Internazionale di Montepulciano, July 2017 - Casa da Musica Porto, November 2015 - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon, March 2015
Clarac-Deloeuil > le lab, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
With the support of Institut Français + Ville de Bordeaux