After (A)pollonia, his two versions of Cherubini’s Médée and Verdi’s Macbeth, the Polish stage director has returned to La Monnaie with a new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu. The hidden frustrations and fears of men are expressed in their violence towards this woman, who, in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s vision, is depicted as a borderline creature whose childhood dreams are about achieving a form of infinity through the discipline of classical ballet. The work contains startling contrasts between an ideal of purity, imaginary perfection and a reality which imposes its savagery until murder is committed in the end. The exceptional work of the Viennese composer – unfinished at the time of his death in 1935 – is presented with the third act whose orchestration was completed by Friedrich Cerha.

Interview K. Warlikowski ¦ Lulu ¦ La Monnaie ¦ De Munt.

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