Nuit transfigurée (La)
Premiere at Opéra de Lausanne November 2nd, 2012
The night’s delicate subtleties are followed by the crushing state of dawn. When Philippe Saire throws himself into Schönberg’s musical score, he transcends all notions of space and time, and it’s a great success. Nathalie Yokel, La Terrasse
For its autumn 2012 reopening, the Opéra de Lausanne commissioned Philippe Saire to produce Transfigured Night, a powerful and stirring piece about truth and forgiveness, shadows and lights, set in a marvellous décor of real animal antlers.
Philippe Saire worked with the Camerata de Lausanne, with Pierre Amoyal at the helm, to create a stirring work of choreography based on Arnold Schönberg’s romantic work, Transfigured Night. The pair then chose to contrast it with Antonio Vivaldi’s vibrant Concerto for two violins in A minor – the latter offering a lighter contrapuntal note to the more dramatic tones of the former.
Although several choreographers had already interpreted Schönberg’s work in the past, Philippe Saire tackled the project head on and delivered a sensual and intense version, which he set in the context of a hunt.
Both then worked to ensure that the romanticism of the music would not overwhelm the choreography, creating moments of silence and others dedicated to the music itself. This original approach led them to find a delicate balance between rejection and acceptance of the music.
Over 1 700 people attended the first performances at the Opéra de Lausanne and the Théâtre Sévelin 36, ensuring a successful start to the creation.
One piece, two versions
Transfigured Night is played to a recording of Schönberg and Vivaldi’s works. A symphonic version can also be considered, according to the theatre’s programme and configuration.
Coproduction Opéra de Lausanne
Source: website of Compagnie Philippe Saire
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Nuit transfigurée (La)
Philippe CHOSSON, Maëlle DESCLAUX, Pep GARRIGUES, Benjamin KAHN, Antonio MONTANILE
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy
Roberto FRATINI SERAFIDE
Arnold Schönberg, La Nuit transfigurée (Verklärte Nacht), op.4 en ré mineur, par le Leipziger Streichquartett (String Sextet), 1998, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm. - Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto pour deux violons en la mineur (RV 522), par Europa Galante & Fabio Biondi, 2003, EMI Records Ltd. / Virgin Classics.
perruques et maquillage : Nathalie MONOD - assistante de production : Émilie BOBILLOT - régie plateau : Léo PICCIRELLI - régie son : Philippe SAIRE