La Passion de Simone

Thursday 14. 11. 2013 at 7.30 pm

Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav Municipal Theatre

Laurinská 20, Bratislava

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  • La Chambre aux échos
  • Secession Orchestra (FR)
  • Clément Mao-Takacsconductor
  • Aleksi Barrièredirector
  • Karen Vourc'hsoprano
  • Raquel Camarinhasoprano
  • Magali Palièsmezzo-soprano
  • Johan Viautenor
  • Florent Baffibass-baritone
  • Isabelle Seleskovitchactress


Photo: Kaija Saariaho, photo: Priska Ketterer

Kaija Saariaho, photo: Priska Ketterer


In order to call to mind the life of philosopher and activist Simone Weil (1909-1943), writer Amin Maalouf and composer Kaija Saariaho didn’t choose to stage it, to show it in an epic or dramatic form. On the contrary, they invented a ritualistic performance, inspired by the Bach passions, as a memorial for an exceptional human being who sought after sacrifice, and a way for us to gather and ponder about her most problematic aspects: a great generous meditation leading to the roots of our collective memory and our society’s identity. We present the world premiere of the chamber version (adapted by the composer herself) of a work bound to become a contemporary classic.