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Pier Paolo Pasolini, Johann Sebastian Bach
Philippe Herreweghe, Johan Simons

Music theatre/World Premiere

He lies and steals, forces women into prostitution and preaches conflict. For the anti-Messiah Accatone (literally “beggar”), work is a burden, he and his companions do not define themselves through property, status or social function. Pushed out into the desert-like margins of the capitalist world, similar to a Dantesque hell, Pasolini’s heroes of the “sub-proletariat” are fighting for survival. Instead of obeying bourgeois concepts of values and morality, they follow their instinct and worship the intensity of the moment. For this reason Pasolini saw the potential in this “sub-proletariat” for a new social and political order.

Mandela Wee Wee, Steven Scharf, Steven van Watermeulen, Benny Claessens, Pien Westendorp, Laura Mentink © (c) Julian Röder

Johan Simons’ production takes this perspective as the point of departure for a music theatre project in which Pasolini’s text and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach are placed in a new relation to each other. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent use Bach’s cantatas to generate a creative tension between the promise of heavenly redemption and earthly reality, which finds powerful visual expression in the Kohlenmischhalle (coal mixing hall) at Zeche Lohberg in Dinslaken, which is being used here as a performance venue for the first time.

Musikalische Leitung am 14. 15. 19. 20 August: Philippe Herreweghe
Musikalische Leitung am 22. 23. August: Christoph Siebert


Accattone - Steven Scharf
Maddalena - Sandra Hüller
Amore - Elsie de Brauw
law - Benny Claessens
Stella - Anna Drexler
Pio - Mandela Wee Wee
Balilla - Steven van Watermeulen
Cartagine - Jeff Wilbusch
Renato - Lukas von der Lühe
Nannina/Aszensa - Laura Mentink
Io - Pien Westendorp
Soprano - Dorothee Mields
Countertenor - Alex Potter
Tenor - Thomas Hobbs
Bass - Peter Kooij
Collegium Vocale Gent

Edi Szekely für die Ruhrtriennale 2015

(c) Julian Röder

(c) Julian Röder

(c) Julian Röder