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Les Indes galantes - Clément Cogitore & Bintou Dembélé at FIAF

“A ferociously polished extravagance” — The New York Times

On February 2, at 1pm, FIAF and the American Friends of The Paris Opera and Ballet present the sold-out 2019 production of Jean-Philippe Rameau‘s Les Indes galantes directed by visionary artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore.

His audacious reimagining of the Baroque opera ballet features choreography by French hip-hop trailblazer Bintou Dembélé to reset Rameau’s musical delights within an urban and political space that honors the opera while challenging Eurocentric views of the “other.”

Cogitore, who made his Paris Opera debut directing Les Indes galantes, will introduce the screening. 

This acclaimed production was one of The New York Times’s 10 best classical music performances of 2019.

In French, with English subtitles
Approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes including introduction and one intermission
Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served during the intermission

Opera-ballet in four acts and a prologue (1735)
Music: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto: Louis Fuzelier

Musical direction: Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage direction: Clément Cogitore
Choreography: Bintou Dembélé
Sets: Alban Ho Van
Costumes: Wojciech Dziedzic
Lighting design: Sylvain Verdet
Musical dramaturgy: Katherina Lindekens
Dramaturgy: Simon Hatab
Chorus master: Thibault Lenaerts
Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea
Choeur de chambre de Namur Compagnie Rualité
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Paris Opera children’s Chorus

Program presented by Alain Duault (in the video)
Film Director: François-René Martin

About Clément Cogitore:

Clément Cogitore has developed a style that lies at the mid-point between cinema and contemporary art. By mixing films, videos, installations and photographs his work questions the way people coexist with their images. His work has been exhibited and projected in numerous museums and centers of art including the Palais de Tokyo and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, the Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Kunsthaus in Basel, and New York’s MoMA. In 2015, his first full-length feature Neither Heaven nor Earth was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and received the Gan Foundation Award and the Prize for Best First Film from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. It was also nominated for a César in the Best First Film category. His documentary Braguino (2017) won awards at numerous festivals (including the Zabaltegi-Tabalakera Award at the San Sebastian Festival). That same year, he adapted an extract from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes with the aid of Krump dancers for the Paris Opera’s digital platform, 3e Scène. In 2018, he won the prestigious Marcel-Duchamp Prize for his video installation The Evil EyeLes Indes galantes marks his first opera production and debut with The Paris Opera & Ballet.

Presented in partnership with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet