The stage at Opera Ballet Flanders is about to endure quite a few heavyweights this next season; we welcome theatre collective FC Bergman, star choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Akram Khan, and controversial director Calixto Bieito among others. With the theme ‘Transience’ as our guide through the season, we are proud to present to you seven operas, six ballets, three concerts and plenty more. The accompanying visuals for next season were provided by video artist Hans Op de Beeck.
Highlights of the 2018-2019 season
- Following the impressive ‘Kaash’, Akram Khan will visit Royal Ballet Flanders once again, this time with his Giselle. Akram Khan doesn’t follow the idyllic imagery we know, but finds a different way to speak to the audience. This is bound to be a touching story, hitting close to home for millions of refugees and immigrants.
- With French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Cherkaoui brings us one of the most well-known and renowned contemporary ballet choreographers. His very first full-length ballet, created for Royal Ballet Flanders specifically, will be conceived under the working title Bach Studies. Millepied explores the musical universe of Johann Sebastian Bach, and will use his own emotional reaction to this music as the inspiration for the movement.
- The acclaimed Belgian theatre collective FC Bergman accepted the challenge of reimagining Georges Bizet’s lesser known opera Les Pêcheurs de Perles. All performing arts enthusiasts know that this opera-directing debut will be one for the history books.
- After Akhnaten’s successful run two seasons ago, a second masterpiece by the hand of Philip Glass is now on the menu: Satyagraha, a portrait opera linking different episodes out of the life of Gandhi. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will join this production as a director and choreographer. Similar to Pelléas et Mélisande from our 2017-2018 season, Satyagraha will bridge our two houses and art forms, ballet and opera.
And as always, there’s much more to discover this season! Find out more: