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.
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Presentation with La Monnaie
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 2011Dramaturgy
Barbara EngelhardtDirected by
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)
Anne Marcq, Anne GoldschmidtVideo desgin
Giacinto CaponioLight design
Enrico BagnoliSet design
Gabi SultanaDutch traduction
Daan JanssensTechnical coordination
Kurt Bethuyne, Victor Hidalgo, Wim Picqueur, Chris Vanneste
Development electronics Centre Henri Pousseur
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles : Sophie Dupavé
Lod Muziektheater : Magalie Lagae, BE Culture
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 PousseurWith 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