This performance was like no other you've ever witnessed of "The Messiah." It was not a classic rejoicing but an uneasy questioning, made more poignant when some members of the audience repeatedly yelled at Michel Serres as he recast the musical creation into a contemporary religious experience, with inverted beatitudes.
It felt very much like a close encounter with the final frontiers of humanity... and an attempt to see what can re-humanize the world today.
Benoît Chantre's conferences preceding every performance (as well as his text in the program) provided a coherent backdrop to the choices made for the stage. Oleg Kulik's video expertise was nothing less than amazing.
Théâtre du Châtelet (2011).
Complementary conferences (2011).