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Is This the End? #2 – Here’s the Woman!

A pop requiem in three parts by Jean-Luc Fafchamps

Is This the End? - Part II Here’s the Woman Opera Video

Is This the End? #2 – Here’s the Woman!

A pop requiem in three parts by Jean-Luc Fafchamps

In the second part of the tryptich Is this the End?, the composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps, the librettist Éric Brucher, and the director Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski continue their exploration of limbo and altered states of consciousness. Entitled Here’s the Woman!, this latest chapter focuses on the character of the woman. We follow her as she journeys to find the highest form of love, struggling to rid herself of her last remaining earthly attachments. From a formal point of view, the project has undergone a new evolution: after the film in the first instalment, this time the spectator is invited to follow a performance involving digital audio and visual technology in the form of a living polyptych, diffracting reality like a tableau animé. In this project, which uses techniques that have never been used in opera before, coupled with a ‘live’ performance, there is an ever-increasing distortion of the relationship between reality and fiction.

More information on part I of this tryptich: see Dead little girl


Composition : Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Conductor : Ouri Bronchti
Libretto : Eric Brucher
Direction and filmic conception: Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski
Video : José Huedo
Lighting : Gérard Maraite
Costumes : Regine Becker
Set design : Etienne Andreys
Assistant : Manolo Sellati
Dramaturgy : Sébastien Herbecq
Chorus master : Alberto Moro
Singers : Albane Carrère (mezzosoprano), Sarah Defrise (soprano), Amaury Massion (Lylac)
La Monnaie Chorus
MM Academy, directed by Benoît Giaux
Performers : Angelo Dello Spedale, Isabelle Dumont, Candy Saulnier
Performers film: Angelo Della Spedale, Aurélien Dubreuil-Lachaud, Pierre Gervais, Aurélien Mergola, Annette Sachs, Candy Saulnier
Orchestra : La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra

Production : De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels)
Co-production : Lucilia Caesar

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Is this the End? #2 - Here's the Woman (teaser 1)

Is this the End? #2 - Here's the Woman (teaser 2)

Is this the End? #2 - Here's the Woman (teaser 3)

Is this the End? #2 - Here's the Woman (teaser 4)

Is this the End #2 - Here's the Woman! (teaser 5)

Opera Trailer: Is this the end?