When we really have something to say to each other, we are obliged to be silent.
Starting with his first sublimely disturbing theatre works, the Belgian Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck single-handedly introduced the great change that would open the way to the theatre of the 20th century. Today, his Trois petits drames pour marionnettes forms the libretto of a new opera commissioned by La Monnaie. Under the title Le Silence des ombres, the French composer-conductor Benjamin Attahir and director Olivier Lexa opted decisively for the invisible and the unsayable. A triptych abounding in restrained dramatic tension.
THE DEATH OF TINTAGILES
The Queen, who has complete control over her servants and people, has killed most of the Tintagiles family. Now she is after the small boy himself. His sisters Ygraine and Bellangère do everything in their power to try and protect him, but nobody has ever managed to escape the menacing force that resides in the castle...
The Old Man and the Stranger appear outside a house in which a family can be seen through the windows. Their daughter’s body has just been recovered from the river where she drowned. The two Men are running out of time: a crowd is approaching from the village with the body. How should they break the news?
ALLADINE AND PALOMIDES
The wise old King Ablamore falls in love with a young slave, Alladine, but he doesn’t deceive himself: “The sadness of love that comes too late”. Enter Palomides, the fiancé of his daughter, Astolaine. One look and he, too, instantly falls in love with Alladine. Astolaine reproachlessly supports the lovers’ treason against the vengeful Ablamore.
This production is presented as part of Troika.