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.