The truth is we aren’t too fond of seeing opera at the movies. We’d rather have it live on stage in all its vibrating emotional loudness. But at the opera, we do like a good movie. In fact, we’re just as keen to watch one as our neighbours at the Cinémas du Grütli, Geneva’s art house cinema. So we developed this new format, Cinéopéra, as both a tribute to and a discovery of the silver screen, where four opera and ballet greats who will be on stage with us this season choose their favorite film to view and discuss. Four very different artists, all exceptional, using film to zoom in (or out) on the productions they designed for us, in an amusing play of intertextuality and interrreferentiality. And perhaps one day, it’ll be hard to tell whether you’re at the opera or at the movies…

October 31st, 2021

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Henry Selick (USA – 1993 – 76′)
Presented by Jeroen Verbruggen, choreographer of The Nutcracker

Jack Skellington, king of the pumpkins and guide of Halloween-ville, is bored: for centuries, he is tired of preparing the same Halloween party that comes back every year, and he dreams of change. That’s when he gets the idea to take over the Christmas party…

Sunday, 31st October, 2021 at 5PM
Talk following the screening of the movie

On Sundays

Calixto Bieito
29.8.2021 — 5PM
Come and See (1985)
Elem Klimov, 146 min

Jeroen Verbruggen
31.10.2021 — 17h
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton, 76 min

Prune Nourry
20.2.2022 — 17h
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Hayao Miyazaki, 117 min

Evelyn Herlitzius
24.4.2022 — 17h
The White Ribbon (2009)
Michael Haneke, 145 min

Talk following the screening of the movie

Past event

Come and see (Elem Klimov – Russia – 1985 – 146′)
Presented by Calixto Bieito, stage director of War & Peace

The film’s plot focuses on the Nazi German occupation of Belarus, and the events as witnessed by a young Belarusian partisan teenager named Flyora, who—against his mother’s wishes—joins the Belarusian resistance movement, and thereafter depicts the Nazi atrocities and human suffering inflicted upon the Eastern European villages’ populace. The film mixes hyper-realism with an underlying surrealism, and philosophical existentialism with poetical, psychological, political and apocalyptic themes.

Sunday, 29 August 2021 at 5PM


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