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Video version of Alain Platel’s “pitié!”

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On Tuesday, 1 December at 19:00 everyone was invited to attend the screening of the video version of “pitié!” by the renowned choreographer Alain Platel. The screening was organized in collaboration with the New Theatre Institute of Latvia and TV ARTE.

Alain Platel, founder of “Les Ballets C. de la B.”, is renowned for creating challenging, provocative works – from the emotionally charged “vsprs” in 2006, to “Wolf” in 2004 (which included 14 dogs on stage). This latest production, “pitié!”, reunites Platel with “vsprs” composer Fabrizio Cassol to create an intense study of Bach’s extraordinary composition Matthew Passion.

Platel’s daring reinvention of Bach’s ‘untouchable’ masterpiece explores our ability to sympathise by approaching the central story of the crucifixion from the perspective of the mother. By working extensively with a cast of ten dancers over a period of months, Platel questions the limits of the individual’s ultimate sacrifice: himself.

The extremes of emotion are amplified by Cassol’s ambitious score, which draws on the essence of Bach’s music, and is performed live on stage by eight musicians including regular “C. de la B.” collaborators Aka Moon, plus three singers.