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Lanza: Le Songe de Medee; Zahmal: MC 14/22 / Court-Circuit Ensemble

Lanza / Zahmal / Gillot / Romoli / Pob / Zahmal
Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 981  
Composer:  Mauro LanzaTed Zahmal
Conductor:  Pierre-André Valade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Court-Circuit Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Choreography by Angelin Preljocaj

This double bill from one of the world’s leading choreographers offers two of his major works, danced by the Ballet de l’opéra de Paris. The dreamlike Songe de Médée, with music by Mauro Lanza and freely based on the Greek myth of Medea, explores a woman’s soul, portraying her, paradoxically, as a tender loving mother and a tormented victim who sacrifices everything, including her children, for love. MC14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a meeting of the spiritual and the carnal, drawing on St Mark’s version of The Last Supper in the Bible: ‘Take, eat: this is my body’. Created for twelve male dancers, Preljocaj’s ‘Apostles of Movement’, and with soundscapes by Tedd
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Médée: Marie-Agnès Gillot
Créüse, fille de Créon: Eleonora Abbagnato
Jason: Wilfried Romoli
Les Enfants: Constance Nicolas & Carl Van Gotdsenhoven
Ensemble Court-Circuit
Musical Director: Pierre-André Valade
Music by: Mauro Lanza

Soundscapes by: Tedd Zahmal
Guest dancer/singer: Sylvain Groud
Opéra national de Paris Ballet

Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj
Stage Director: Denis Caïozzi

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 anamorphic
Sound formats: Dolby Digital Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.0
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 155 mins

Special Features:
Interviews with Angelin Preljocaj, Mauro Lanza and Brigitte Lefèvre, director of Ballet de L’Opéra


"With Angelin Preljocaj’s work, precision is such that the outline of the bodies, inscribed on our retina, marks both the memory of and trajectory made by each gesture. A palpable memory, a memory of a gesture divided into an almost visible infinity of micro-intervals. There is no doubt that Angelin Preljocaj is one of those people who dictate an essential part of our choreographic heritage. He is unquestionably one of those artists who, mirroring the intentions of Arthur, asks the questions that need asking, and most notably the ones linked to the urgencies of life." -- montpellierdance.com
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Works on This Recording

Le songe de Médée by Mauro Lanza
Conductor:  Pierre-André Valade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Court-Circuit Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
MC 14/22 "Ceci est mon corps" by Ted Zahmal
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This is an electronic work. 

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