Théâtre National

I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

John Adams, June Jordan, Philippe Gérard, Marianne Pousseur, Enrico Bagnoli

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Los Angeles 1994: 7 people see the course of their lives irrevocably changed by the earthquake. A juvenile delinquent, a South American mother, a lawyer, a journalist, a policeman, a family planning worker and a preacher.

A cross between an opera and a Broadway musical, with music by American composer John Adams and libretto by poet June Jordan, this “song play” had not yet been performed in Belgium. However, Marianne Pousseur and Enrico Bagnoli had thought of it at the time of the Paris terrorist attacks and they decided to produce it using young singers and musicians, students at the Brussels Conservatory but coming from two sections usually considered incompatible – classical and jazz.

Wanting to be inclusive, the show is meant to create connections and to inspire a melding and a blending, that it be between musical genres, between generations or between young professionals and more mature artists.

 

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Info

Language

EN — Surtitles FR

Duration

75’

Venue

Salle Jacques Huisman

Sound level

category 2

Cast

Project of
La Compagnie Khroma in collaboration with Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles

Production
Khroma

Co-production
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Opéra Royal de Wallonie

Music direction
Philippe Gérard

Libretto
June Jordan

Direction, set design, lights, costumes
Marianne Pousseur & Enrico Bagnoli

Choir master
Thierry Fiévet

With
Consuelo: Maria Belen Fos / Carole Moneuse
Leila: Natalie Oswald / Kate Petrou
Tiffany: Sonia Sheridan Jacquelin
Rickie: Marie Juliette Ghazarian
Dewain: Lionel Couchard
Mike: Paweł Janota
David: Marc Fournier

Instrumental ensemble
Clarinet: Anna Ferrandis
Saxophone: Brayan Shimizu
Guitar: Camille Molinos
Bass Guitar: Sébastien Clerc
Piano 1: Caterina Roberti
Piano 2: Arthur Possing
Piano 3: Xavier Roesch
Percussions: Germain Dauwe

Sound system
Diederik De Cock

Sound system assistant
Elie Hanquart

Movement
Nienke Reehorst

Assistant conductors
Denis de Liberali and Mathieu Bonnin

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