Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio UA
libretto, director: Joël Pommerat
Pinocchio: Chloé Briot
Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout
Le Père: Vincent Le Texier
Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon
conductor: Emilio Pomàrico
The story invented by the Tuscan writer Carlo Collodi in 1881 describes the many adventures of a puppet following his whims and desires. After playing hooky from school to follow two miscreants, Pinocchio lets himself be drawn into the world of toys with a number of successive roles – a donkey, in a circus and in the belly of a whale – until the day arrives when the puppet transforms himself into a responsible little boy.
After turning his play Grâce à mes yeux (Thanks to my Eyes) into his first opera, presented at the 2011 Festival d’Aix, Joël Pommerat returns with this creation of an opera for all audiences, to the music composed by Philippe Boesmans. Pinocchio will mark his second collaboration with the Belgian composer – the first gave rise to the opera Au Monde created in 2014.
The staging is at the crossroads of wonderland and reality. It looks at the real world through the concrete vision of a tree trunk that takes shape under the carpenter’s plane to create a theatre of planks and trestles. This creation brings together the Ensemble Klangforum from Vienna in the orchestra pit and several on-stage musicians, under the baton of conductor Emilio Pomarico. Stephane Degout swaps his costume of Pelléas for that of the leader of the troupe whose main mission is to tell the story, while Chloé Briot, with her experience in playing children’s roles (Yniold in 2016 and the title role of L’Enfant et les sortilèges in 2012) plays the puppet. (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence)
New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. In coproduction with La Monnaie / De Munt, the Opéra de Dijon, and the Opéra national de Bordeaux.