Requiem pour L, an exuberant music/dance meditation, is a collaboration between Belgium’s idiosyncratic theater/dance director Alain Platel and the musician Fabrizio Cassol, who have reconstructed Mozart’s Requiem into a celebration of life. Five African languages intertwine with the ancient Latin text as 14 international musicians put their unique spin on Mozart’s iconic work, merging their own musical influences with genres including jazz, opera, and popular African music.

Appointed musical director, composer Fabrizio Cassol continues to write a personal artistic history in which he brings together different musical cultures around a theme. He looks for ways to write new stories with existing work, with oral and written traditions. On a theatrical level, director Alain Platel and the group look for a visual and physical translation of the images and associations that a Requiem conjures up: from the requiem mass to the mass grave into which Mozart was himself dumped. Cassol and Platel find each other in the way métissages, the blending of cultures, manage to create a new universe.

les ballets C de la B (Ghent, Belgium) was founded by Alain Platel in 1984. Since then it has become a company that enjoys great success at home and abroad. Over the years it has developed into an artistic platform for a variety of choreographers. The company still keeps to its principle of enabling artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to take part in this dynamic creative process. As a result of its “unique mixture of artistic visions,” les ballets C de la B is not easy to classify. It is nevertheless possible to discern something like a house style (popular, anarchic, eclectic, committed), and its motto is “this dance is for the world and the world is for everyone.”

Advisory: Requiem Pour L is suitable for ages 16+.

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NYU Skirball’s educational and enrichment programming is made possible in part with generous support from Con Edison.

Support for Skirball Moves programming is provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.


Made possible in part with support from the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA . #MadeinFlanders

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