Alain Platel & Steven Prengels
Opera Ballet Vlaanderen / coproductie laGeste

Alain Platel brings together choir members, dancers and orchestral musicians for a new performance that puts encounters at centre stage.

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‘Never was a shade of a tree so lovely...’, it says in Händel’s famous aria Ombra mai fu. Alain Platel and visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere take inspiration from the shade of a tree as a meeting place, as a place where people all over the world and throughout history come together to rest, meet or discuss problems. De Bruyckere’s poetic world of images seems to share a kinship with Platel’s universe.

After the overwhelming success of C(H)OEURS 2022, Platel once again invites the chorus members, dancers and orchestral musicians of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen to join a creative dialogue. Together with singer and performer TK Russell and guest choreographers Mélanie Lomoff and Luis Marrafa, they create the performance Ombra. Composer Steven Prengels is developing a new orchestral score in which he interweaves well-known classical masterpieces by the likes of Händel, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven into new layers of meaning.



directed by Alain Platel
musical concept and composition
Steven Prengels
Zachary Zhu
TK Russell
Zoë Ashe-Browne, Claudio Cangialosi, Morgan Cappellari, Nelson Earl, Christina Guieb, Towa Iwase, Misako Kato, Morgan Lugo, Austin Meiteen, Ester Pérez, Niharika Senapati, Louis Thuriot, Lafeet Williams
choir & orchestra
Opera Ballet Flanders
language coach sign language
Bart Verheyden
Berlinde De Bruyckere
costume design
Dotje Demuynck
lighting design
Felice Ross
Jan Schweiger
guest choreographer
Mélanie Lomoff, Luis Marrafa
scenography assistance in direction and choreography
Bérengère Bodin, Quan Bui Ngoc, Romain Guion
Hildegard De Vuyst, Koen Bollen

Opera Ballet Flanders in collaboration with laGeste

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duration 1h45
no language

when from 30.03.24 (première) till 14.04.24 in Opera Antwerpen and from 24.04.24 till 08.05.23 in Opera Gent
where Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
tickets via Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

Free introduction (in Dutch) 60 minutes before the start of the performance.
After the performances on 14 April (Opera Antwerp) and 5 May (Opera Ghent), you can attend an afterword, 10 minutes after the end of the performance. The dramaturges will engage in a conversation with the production team and the audience.



in the press


'With Ombra, Alain Platel seems to draw up the account of a life: the life and death of a tree, that of Gerard Mortier and, as well, his own life and work. He does it virtuosically, with powerful imagery between despair and mildness.'

'With the final notes, the light slowly goes out. The ever busy gesticulating Mortier would certainly have become silent himself at such beauty.'

'Alain Platel manages to make 30 choristers, 12 dancers and a giant tree 12m high and 8m wide into a vibrant spectacle full of sex, joie de vivre and fear of losing it all. Jealous you go home after Ombra.'

more press





announcement Ombra - Every gesture counts for choir and dancer

construction of the Ombra set at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

program booklet Ombra