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COMMENT: MARIE NDIAYE

 

 

By Culturekiosque Staff

PARIS, 6 MARCH 2014 —  The Spanish composer Hèctor Parra's (born Barcelona, 1976) new  opera Te craindre en ton absence (To Fear in Your Absence) features the first libretto by Marie NDiaye (born 1967,  Pithiviers), a French novelist and playwright whose work has been hailed in France for its emotional intensity and unsettling psychological depth. Ms. NDiaye is the second woman playwright ever admitted to the Comédie-Française after Marguerite Duras. "A writer," Ndiaye has said, "is someone who looks through keyholes."

Based in Berlin, where she wrote the text, Marie NDiaye had this to say about her libretto forTe craindre en ton absence currently in performances until 8 March 2014 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris:

"I have written novels, several theatre plays, children’s books and a film script but never yet a libretto for an opera. It will not be the case of trying out a new experience, but of renewing my writing practice, opening it to a form that is foreign to me at present – that of a monologue that cannot be heard, even understood, without music. It should be neither a narrative nor poetry but a blend of fiction and lyricism. It will be the voice of a woman that will tell us of key events of her existence: to be a daughter and a mother, to be from one region, from one country, to be part of the community of humans, to belong to mankind and yet be a woman, this special, always peculiar sort."

Marie NDiaye

Te craindre en ton absence (To Fear in Your Absence)
Libretto: Marie NDiaye
Music:  Hèctor Parra
Direction and light design: Georges Lavaudant
Music direction: Julien Leroy
Set: Jean-Pierre Vergier
Music programming: Ircam Thomas Goepfer
Thanks to  Jean-Claude Gallotta, Mathilde Altaraz et Darrell Davis
With Astrid Bas et l’Ensemble intercontemporain
Production C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Coproduction LG Théâtre / Ensemble intercontemporain / Ircam – Centre Pompidou / Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne

Through 8 March 2014
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
37 bis, bd de la Chapelle
75010 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 46 07 34 50
www.bouffesdunord.com/

 



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