Sound of Music
Conception and artistic direction
Musicals have always thrived in times of economic crisis: they were the refuge of the victims of the 1929 stock market crash and they flourished after World War II. While our era is marked by global warming and budget cuts, and while the West is obsessed with its own decline, Yan Duyvendak stages his own musical, with real Broadway singers and dancers, and the collaboration of choreographer Olivier Dubois and a chorus line of thirty dancers, writer Christophe Fiat and composer Andrea Cera. Sound of Music is a satirical comedy about our time, where songs inspired by news headlines are accompanied by sugary tunes, thrilling choreography and dazzling scenery, worthy of the great classics of the genre. The texts explore contemporary issues while the stage show gets into full swing and feasts our senses with all its glory. This is the paradox of Yan Duyvendak’s new piece, raging “to dig into the angst that musicals are supposed to soothe”. Embarking on a sweet, enchanting journey, the spectators find themselves like passengers on the Titanic who were listening to the orchestra playing while the boat started sinking. Although leaning unashamedly towards of kitsch, easy fun and spectacular entertainment, Sound of Music shines a light on the blindness of the world.