HD Screening
The Paris Opera & Ballet
Les Indes galantes

Post-Screening Q&A with director Clément Cogitore

Sunday, February 2, 2020
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

“A ferociously polished extravagance”The New York Times

FIAF and the American Friends of The Paris Opera and Ballet are proud to co-present the third-straight season of The Paris Opera and Ballet HD screenings, bringing the best music and dance productions to New York audiences.

Join us for the critically-acclaimed sold-out 2019 production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes directed by visionary artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore.

His audacious reimagining of the Baroque opera–ballet features choreography by French hip-hop trailblazer Bintou Dembélé and resets Rameau’s musical masterpiece within an urban and political space that honors the opera while challenging Eurocentric views of the “other.”

This acclaimed production was one of The New York Times’ 10 best classical music performances of 2019.

Cogitore, who made his Paris Opera debut directing Les Indes galantes, will stay for a post-screening Q&A. He will be joined by Cal Hunt, a New York-based dancer who performed in Les Indes galantes, and Zachary Woolfe, classical musical editor of The New York Times.

In French with English subtitles.
Approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes including introduction and one intermission.
Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served during the intermission.

Opera-ballet in four acts and a prologue (1735)
Music: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto: Louis Fuzelier

Musical direction: Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage direction: Clément Cogitore
Choreography: Bintou Dembélé
Sets: Alban Ho Van
Costumes: Wojciech Dziedzic
Lighting design: Sylvain Verdet
Musical dramaturgy: Katherina Lindekens
Dramaturgy: Simon Hatab
Chorus master: Thibault Lenaerts
Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea
Choeur de chambre de Namur Compagnie Rualité
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Paris Opera children’s Chorus

Program presented by Alain Duault (in the video)
Film Director: François-René Martin

Hébé, Sabine Devieilhe
Bellone, Florian Sempey
L’Amour, Jodie Devos

Osman, Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Émilie, Julie Fuchs
Valère, Mathias Vidal

Huascar, Alexandre Duhamel
Phani, Sabine Devieilhe
Don Carlos, Stanislas de Barbeyrac

Tacmas, Mathias Vidal
Ali, Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Zaïre, Jodie Devos
Fatime, Julie Fuchs

Adario, Florian Sempey
Damon, Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Don Alvar, Alexandre Duhamel
Zima, Sabine Devieilhe

  • About Clément Cogitore
    • Clément Cogitore, 36, has developed a style that lies at the mid-point between cinema and contemporary art. By mixing films, videos, installations and photographs his work questions the way people coexist with their images. His work has been exhibited and projected in numerous museums and centers of art including the Palais de Tokyo and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, the Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Kunsthaus in Basel, and New York’s MoMA. In 2015, his first full-length feature Neither Heaven nor Earth was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and received the Gan Foundation Award and the Prize for Best First Film from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. It was also nominated for a César in the Best First Film category. His documentary Braguino (2017) won awards at numerous festivals (including the Zabaltegi-Tabalakera Award at the San Sebastian Festival). That same year, he adapted an extract from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes with the aid of Krump dancers for the Paris Opera’s digital platform, 3e Scène. In 2018, he won the prestigious Marcel-Duchamp Prize for his video installation The Evil EyeLes Indes galantes marks his first opera production and debut with The Paris Opera & Ballet.

  • About Zachary Woolfe
    • Zachary Woolfe has written criticism for The New York Times since 2011, and has been classical music editor of The Times since 2015. He was previously the opera critic of the New York Observer and a writer and editor at Capital New York.

  • About The Paris Opera & Ballet
    • The Paris Opera & Ballet is a world cultural treasure with a rich history that underpins an innovative, vital present. The Paris Opera traces its beginnings to King Louis XIV of France, who established a formal academy of music and dance at court in 1669. Over the centuries, the company has undergone many transformations as a public institution. Today the 430-member company of musicians and dancers, led by general director Stéphane Lissner, ballet director Aurelie Dupont, and music director Philippe Jordan, collaborates with acclaimed directors, choreographers, and singers, and enjoys a position as one of the leading opera and ballet institutions in the world. In 2019, it celebrated its 350th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the larger of its two theaters, the Opéra Bastille.


  • About American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet
    • The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet (AFPOB) presents work by The Paris Opera & Ballet directly to the American public and fosters artistic cooperation between the Opera national de Paris and the creative community in the United States. Based in New York, the organization was incorporated in 1984 at the request of Rudolf Nureyev, the Ballet Director of the Paris Opera at the time, to help the company tour in the US. AFPOB helps to underwrite numerous US tours and guest appearances by the Paris Opera, the Paris Opera Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet School, as well as exhibitions from the Paris Opera Museum. AFPOB also supports works at the Paris Opera by leading American artists, such as Jerome Robbins, Trisha Brown, William Christie, Peter Sellars, and Robert Wilson.