Louis Paul Boon, a Flemish writer known for working-class novels, often with a hint of eroticism, published Menuet in 1955.

It is the story of a married couple of modest means—he is a factory worker specialising in the chemical industry, she is a dissatisfied, adulterous housewife who hires a young maidservant of around twelve, full of energy and the freshness of youth.

However, an early life of hardship has taught the girl to be canny, as well as cynical and perverse at times. It is she who calls the tune with a master racked with desire for her and a jealous mistress who wants nothing more than to throw her out
of the house.

The impact of this opera, composed by Daan Janssens and directed by Fabrice Murgia, comes from seeing the same psychodrama three times from the three protagonists’ unique and subjective viewpoints, a device that may remind some of the diverse narratives in Rashomon, Kurosawa’s masterpiece.

Un homme, une femme, une jeune fille – dans "Menuet", ce triangle forme une tragédie subtile et intimiste. Lui travaille dans une cave frigorifique et regard...


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    Black Clouds


  • Composition

    Daan Janssens


    Fabrice Murgia

    after Menuet by Louis Paul Boon, translated to German by Barbara and Alfred Antkowiak; published as Menuett by Aufbau-Verlag Berlin und Weimar, 1975; © Aufbau Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin 1975, 2008. The novel is available in this edition: Alexander Verlag, Berlin 2011


    Barbara Engelhardt

    Directed by

    Filip Rathé


    Cécile Granger, Raimund Nolte, Ekaterina Levental

    SPECTRA : Jan Sciffer (cello), Lisa De Boos (contrabass, at Luxembourg), Ben Faes (contrabass, at Brussels & Strasbourg), Gabi Sultana (piano), An Raskin (bajan), Frank Van Eycken (percussion), Charles Michiels (clarinet), Wim Van Volsem (bassoon), Simon Haspeslagh (horn), Pieter Vandermeiren (trombone)

    Assistant director

    Maxime Glaude


    Emilie Jonet


    Anne Marcq, Anne Goldschmidt

    Video desgin

    Giacinto Caponio

    Light design

    Enrico Bagnoli

    Set design

    Vincent Lemaire

  • Copier

    Frederik Neyrinck


    Gabi Sultana

    Dutch traduction

    Daan Janssens

    Technical coordination

    Nic Roseeuw


    Kurt Bethuyne, Victor Hidalgo, Wim Picqueur, Chris Vanneste
    Development electronics Centre Henri Pousseur

    Press & communication

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles : Sophie Dupavé
    Lod Muziektheater : Magalie Lagae, BE Culture

    Production manager

    Isabel Vermeulen


    LOD muziektheater


    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, deSingel, SPECTRA Ensemble, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Artara, De Munt / La Monnaie, Centre Henri Pousseur

    With the support of

    Enoa and Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
    Accord de Coöpération Culturelle Communauté Française et Communauté Flamande

    © Kurt van Der Elst


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