The Bayerische Staatsoper – Les Indes Galantes (2016)

Directed and Choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui adapts Les Indes Galantes to a contemporary setting, where globalization has transformed the notions of exotism and otherness. The artistic proposal of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Les Indes Galantes highlights the background of the original story, the military context provoked by Bellone and its consequences, particulary on the matter of immigration – an issue that was previously adressed by the choreographer in La Zon-Mai and Babel(words), among others. The characters of Rameau’s opera become detached from that conflictual background, as if they were rising up from an overwhelming flow. From then on they have to become actors of the situation in order to change the course of things.