SALOME / PROGRAM / Bastille / May / 2024

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Program for the ballet Salomé at the Opéra Bastille from May 9 to May 28, 2024.

When King Herod promises his stepdaughter Salome, princess of Judea, whatever she wants in exchange for a dance, little does he know that she will ask for... the head of the prophet Iokanaan (John the Baptist), and worse still, that she will kiss his mouth.

If the story of Salome dates back to the Gospels, it is Oscar Wilde's tragedy, written in 1891, that lends the myth all its force, intertwining as it does sexuality and religion, desire and death, obsession and decadence.

Richard Strauss's third opera preserves the play's sultry contours whilst introducing highly modern vocal and orchestral music, causing a scandal at its 1905 premiere in Dresden.

How is it possible to restore the disturbing force of this intense and sensual work today? By placing Salome in a near future where death and sex are commonplace, Lydia Steier delivers a radical vision that profoundly renews the character and invites us to question our own excesses.

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