Angélica Liddell | ES


Histoire(s) du Théâtre III
By Angélica Liddell
In cooperation with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Tu, 23.05.2023
Dance | International May FestivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 21:30
Please note: this performance contains explicit depictions of self-aggression
Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage

For the legendary torero Juan Belmonte, bullfighting was a spiritual, ritualistic exercise. Upright, almost motionless, he fought dangerously close to the bull’s body. Suffering from lung cancer, Belmonte, the greatest matador of his time, took his own life in 1962. In her new work, Spanish author, director and performance artist Angélica Liddell unites Belmonte’s search for tragic beauty and sanctity with Richard Wagner’s tragic consummation of love in death, as he expressed it in “Tristan und Isolde.” In her production of “Liebestod,” Liddell evokes the figures of the bull and the bullfighter and is reflected in both. Simultaneously lover and beloved, she confronts her own abysses, her raging passion and yearning for death, offending her audience and the contemporary cultural chic, which, Liddell argues, has lost its connection to myth and transcendence. In the middle of a stage world that resembles a Spanish bullring, Angélica Liddell screams, stutters, whispers and sings her lyrics about love and death as if in a final rite of summons that takes her to the origins of her theater.

  • Note: the performance contains explicit depictions of self-aggression


Text, Direction, Stage & Costume Design Angélica Liddell
Lighting Design Mark Van Denesse
Costumes Justo Algaba
Assistant Directors Borja Lopez, Nicolas Guy Michel Chevallier
Sound Antonio Navarro Vero
Lighting Tirso Izuzquiza Ibanez de Aldecoa
Stage Chris Vanneste, Dennis Diels, Eddy Deschepper, Joris Durnez, Laurent Ysebaert, Luc Laroy, Raf Willems, Sander Michiels
Stage & Costume Workshops Ateliers NTGent
Production Manager (atra bilis) Gumersindo Puche
Press & Public Relations Saité Ye, Génica Montalbano
Production NTGent, Atra Bilis
Co-Production Festival d'Avignon, Tandem Scène Nationale Arras-Douai, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt
Performers Angélica Liddell, Gumersindo Puche, Patrice Le Rouzic, Palestina de los Reyes u.a.