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Creation by the Ballet du Capitole on April 13, 2016


Luigi Dallapiccola Music

Kader Belarbi Choreography and stage design

Michaela Buerger Costumes

Patrick Méeüs Lighting



For this new creation, Luigi Dallapiccola's Songs of Prison seemed ideal to me because of a strong expressiveness and great lyricism. They appeared to me as a resonant landscape from where emerge a complaint and meditation on the human condition. The movement and the inner song will be revealed by a male ensemble. The space interests me in a scenography of confinement and spreads out docile or resistant bodies. Moving walls dictate their commands to the dancers and demonstrate the skills of each one and the group to react. A story of spaces and a story of power. I take over the resonant landscape in order to make echoing stories of jailed male bodies.

Kader Belarbi

Hall of the lost steps

Création by dancers of Paris Opera Ballet, march 15th 1997, Paris Opéra-Bastille Amphitheater.

Premiere by the Ballet du Capitole, April 13, 2016


Sergueï Prokofiev Music

Kader Belarbi Choreography and scenography

Michaela Buerger Costumes

Sylvain Chevallot Lights


Julien Le Pape Piano


The ballet is inspired by a poem of Louis Aragon: “One evening, the future is called the past ; it is then that we look back and see our youth.”

Behind closed-door, four unconventional characters drag their memories and suitcases. As timeless, three women and one man meet and travel in their memory, on piano works by Prokofiev.

Didier Tarbelet

“More than the entertaining exploits of glorious bodies, I want to offer the vision of a broken down humanity.

The expression of the derisory from where we still try to get out. There are probably modest suffering, discreet heartbreak and oppressive confinement, trivialized in almost nothing.

The music gives the climate. It is incisive, ironic, silently painful and especially nostalgic. A touch of humanity as a moment of sad poetry, without tragedy.”

Kader Belarbi 

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