FOXIE

a set design for Christophe

location: La Monnaie / De Munt
duration: 17.03.2017 – 02.04.2017
client: Christophe Coppens
program: set design
photographs: Bernd Uhlig

with thanks to Evi Hellebaut for her assistance in creating the Maquette

i.s.m.architecten was asked by Christophe Coppens to assist him in the creation of the set design

VIXENS AREN’T MADE TO BE PETS
‘Is this a fairytale or is it all true?’ At the end of The Cunning Little Vixen, the forester muses on the wonder of the eternal renewal of nature. The 68-year-old Leoš Janáček drew his inspiration for this dazzling opera from a ‘strip cartoon’ on the joys and sorrows of the vixen Bystroushka that appeared in a newspaper in Brno in 1920. This ‘Czech Midsummer Night’s Dream’, in which, like Shakespeare, he poetically entwines fantasy and reality, is his most cheerful and youthful opera. The Belgian artist and director Christophe Coppens inserts an added element of darkness and captures this in an original all-embracing concept in which youngsters and their experiments come into conflict with the adult world in a community that establishes its own nature-oriented rites. The young Italian-French conductor Antonello Manacorda, one of the discoveries of the last La Monnaie season, is sure to give us a fresh and dynamic reading of this extremely lyrical score.

SYNOPSIS
In an oppressive environment dominated by – not always altruistic – adults, the pretty, headstrong, and freedom-loving Foxie grows up amid a group of young people keen to explore their own boundaries. She discovers life’s darker sides and goes through a number of traumatic experiences before finding true love. Her happiness, however, doesn’t last long, as she is hit by a stray bullet fired by an oddball. But even without her, life goes on and history keeps on repeating itself…

CAST
Conductor: ANTONELLO MANACORDA
Director & costumes: CHRISTOPHE COPPENS
Set design: CHRISTOPHE COPPENS & i.s.m.architecten
Lighting: PETER VAN PRAET
Dramaturgie: REINDER POLS
Movement coach: DENNI SAYERS
Chorus masters: MARTINO FAGGIANI & BENOÎT GIAUX

Revírník (Forester) ANDREW SCHROEDER
Revírníková (Forester’s wife) SARA FULGONI
Rechtor (Schoolmaster) JOHN GRAHAM-HALL
Farář (Parson) ALEXANDER VASSILIEV
Harašta VINCENT LE TEXIER
Pásek (Innkeeper) YVES SAELENS
Bystrouška (Vixen) LENNEKE RUITEN
Pásková (Innkeeper’s wifre) MIREILLE CAPELLE
Lišák (Fox) ELEONORE MARGUERRE
Mala Bystrouška (Young vixen) MARIA PORTELA LARISCH
Frantík LOGAN LOPEZ GONZALEZ
Pepík MARION BAUWENS
Lapák KRIS BELLIGH
Kohout WILLEM VAN DER HEYDEN
Chocholka VIRGINIE LÉONARD
Cvrček MARION BAUWENS
Kobylka LOGAN LOPEZ GONZALEZ
Skokánek HELEEN GOEMINNE
Datel BIRGITTE BØNDING
Komár ALAIN-PIERRE WINGELINCKX
Jezevec ALEXANDER VASSILIEV
Sova BEATA MORAWSKA
Sojka LIEVE JACOBS
Solo Liščička MARGARETA KÖLLNER

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus & MM Academy

PRODUCTION De Munt / La Monnaie