Théâtre National

Low / Heroes

a Berlin hyper-cycle

David Bowie, Philip Glass, Renaud Cojo & Belgian National Orchestra (Dir. Dirk Brossé)


In the nineties Philip Glass composed two symphonies inspired by Low and Heroes, the first two albums of David Bowie’s mythical “Berlin trilogy”.

In 2018 Renaud Cojo magnifies the beauty of these pieces by having them interpreted by the Belgian National Orchestra: Along with singer Bertrand Belin, the Symphony No. 1 spectacularly enriches the screening of Cojo’s film inspired by Bowie’s writings.

In a second part, we now have Bertrand Belin on stage, reading The Journal of Nathan Adler written in 1996 by Bowie himself. Stef Kamil Carlens accompanies this part with a cover of Art Decade (Low, 1976).

The third part is a performance of Glass’ Symphony No. 4 which accompanies a screening of a choreographic work created by contemporary icon Louise Lecavalier and performed by her and one of her partners Frédéric Tavernini.

A huge admirer of Ziggy Stardust, Renaud Cojo creates layers of references to the singer’s universe to invent his own Berlin cycle: an intricate reimagining of Bowie’s work which is a veritable odyssey mixing symphonic music and stage performances.

© Xavier Cantat



140’ (including intermission)

Sound level

category 2


Renaud Cojo

Set design
Renaud Cojo, Philippe Casaban, Eric Charbeau

Light design
Eric Blosse

Technics and video (design)
Laurent Rojol

Direction FILM LOW
Renaud Cojo

Advisor to the director
Benoit Arène

Cyrielle Bloy

Main character
Bertrand Belin

Minor roles
Pierre-Jérôme Adjedj, Pierre Barachant, Oscar Barachant-Panisset, Uta Eismann, Ronan Faverau, Odile Hautemulle, Stéphane Lalloz, Eugène Moritz, Amandine Thiriet

Director of photography
Denis Louis

Camera assistant
Natacha Raymond

Cornélius Diemer

Lighting director
Benjamin Schmidt

Odile Béranger

Costume continuity
Odile Hautemulle

Translation manager
Pierre-Jérôme Adjedj

Laurence Jérôme

Renaud Cojo

Chief editor
Clément Rière

Lucie Bruneteau

Dan Maurin

Production manager
Cédric Walter (Spectre Production)

Vanessa Vallée

Thierry Rousseau assisté de Anne Dulucq Film Low (Berlin), Journal de Nathan Adler 

Bertrand Belin

Music and execution
Stef Kamil Carlens

Eddy Da Costa

Laurent Rojol

Video recording
Heroes (Montréal)

Louise Lecavalier

Louise Lecavalier, Fréderic Tavernini

Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris (Paris), Opéra National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Office Artistique de la Région Aquitaine, Spectre production, Les films Jack Fébus

With the support of
Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse, Institut Français d’Allemagne, DICREAM (pour le / for the / voor de film LOW)

The Diaries of Nathan Adler or the Art-Ritual Murder of Baby Grace Blue was a text written by David Bowie from the album OUTSIDE and reproduce with the kind permission of RZO Music - translated by Jean Paul Mourlon