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Etranges Voisins Strange Neighbors

Creation by the Ballet du Capitole on 5 December 2012


Composition and musical arrangements based on pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Philippe Hersant   Anthony Rouchier aka A.P.P.A.R.T.

Choreography  Kader Belarbi 

Costumes  Philippe Combeau 

Lighting  Patrick Méeüs 


The ambiguous sounds of Etranges Voisins calls for an ambiguous choreography where man rubs shoulders with animal. Human physiognomies become strangely animal to reveal a whimsical language.

The Beast and Beauty

A ballet in two acts

Creation by the Ballet du Capitole on 24 October 2013


Music  Louis-Claude Daquin, Franz Josef Haydn, György Ligeti, Maurice Ravel  

Choreography and staging  Kader Belarbi

Assisted by Susanna Campo

Adaptation of the tale Beauty and the Beast   Josseline Le Bourhis Sets and costumes  Valérie Berman

Sets  assistant Sophie Kitching

Assistant costumes  Jean-Jacques Delmotte

Lighting  Marc Parent



Kader Belarbi was indeed inspired to write The Beast and Beauty by Madam Leprince de Beaumont’s famous tale (1756). But here, the inversion of the title testifies to the reinterpretation of the fairy tale. In his ballet, the choreographer turns this fable into a symbol of adolescent rebelliousness, the acceptance of differences and the awakening of desire and love.

The Beast and Beauty is thus a story of defiance: the Beast becomes human - he is closer to a character who reveals the animal within us than an animal himself - while Beauty overcomes her repulsion and breaks free of her inhibitions to find the path of the heart and the body, and open herself up to the other.

Somewhere between a journey of initiation and enchantment, the dancers of the Ballet du Capitole were delighted to embrace this ballet - developed around an eclectic score and using unexpected costumes and stage design - and make it their own.

The dead Queen

Ballet in two acts 

freely inspired by Henry de Montherlant’s La Reine morte (1942) 

and by Luis Vélez de Guevara’s Reinar después de morir (1652).

Creation by the Ballet du Capitole on 26 October 2011


Music  Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski  

Adaptation choreography and staging  Kader Belarbi 

Sets  Bruno de Lavenère 

Costumes  Olivier Bériot 

Lighting  Sylvain Chevallot 


Maeterlinck considers that the writing alone in this play by Montherlant “is sufficient to justify living”. This monument of the dramatic arts tells the improbable, yet true, story of Dom Pedro of Portugal and his illegitimate wife, Inès de Castro, who strangely becomes queen after her death.

Using this troubling story to create a ballet, the choreographer Kader Belarbi addresses the theme of mad love thwarted by reasons of state, “persuaded that tragedy is one of the keys to deciphering the enigma of human actions and relationships”.

In a choreography that places great emphasis on neoclassical language, he reveals to us all the beauty and engravings of this “dagger with a handle inlaid with black and gold”.


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