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Insula Orchestra - accentus - La Fura dels Baus: "The Creation"

Invited by the prestigious Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, avant-garde Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus will bring Haydn's famous oratorio to New York, with French ensembles Insula Orchestra and accentus led by visionary French conductor Laurence Equilbey.

A relentless stream of imagery, text, and stage pageantry touching on everything from philosophy and physics to DNA research and refugees transforms the Enlightenment-era masterpiece into an immersive theatrical experience. The sublime musical performance anchors this astonishing, maximalist production that explodes all notions of who we are and where we came from.

Mostly Mozart Festival Debut
Insula Orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, conductor
La Fura dels Baus—Carlus Padrissa, stage direction
Christina Landshamer, Gabriel and Eve
Thomas Tatzl, Raphael and Adam
Fabio Trümpy, Uriel

Performance length: One hour and 45 minutes, no intermission

Laurence Equilbey
French Conductor and musical director of Insula orchestra and accentus

Laurence Equilbey is acknowledged for her demanding, yet open-minded approach to her art. Her exploration of the symphonic repertory has seen her conducting the orchestras of BBC of Wales, Hessischer Rundfunk, Lyon, Bucarest, Liège, Leipzig, Brussels Philharmonic, etc.

In 2012, she founded Insula orchestra, an ensemble devoted to the classical and pre-Romantic repertory, using period instruments. The orchestra inaugurates in spring 2017 a new music venue in Paris, La Seine Musicale, designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines.

With accentus, Laurence Equilbey continues to interpret the great vocal music repertoire. Laurence Equilbey supports contemporary creation and she’s also Artistic Director and Director of Education at the Department for Young Singers at the Paris Conservatory.