Adam Maor (1983)

Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
6 8 10 12 14 July
Libretto by Yonatan Levy
Comissionned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Les Mille Endormis d’Adam Maor, création mondiale – livret et mise en scène Yonatan Levy – Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2019 © Patrick Berger artcompress
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Elena Schwarz*
Stage Director
Yonatan Levy
Stage Designer
Julien Brun
Costume Designer
Anouk Schiltz
Lighting Designer
Omer Shizaf
Amir Farjoun
Conductor Assistant
Antonin Rey
Stage Director Assistant
Amir Farjoun
Vocal Coach
Nathanel Bas
Computerized Sound Designer Ircam
Augustin Muller
Sound Designer Ircam
Serge Lacourt
Prime Minister
Tomasz Kumięga*
Nurit, his assistant
Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod
S, Head of Secret Services
David Salsbery Fry
A Voice of the World: Minister of Agriculture / Demonstrator / Cantor
Benjamin Alunni*
United Instruments of Lucilin
*Former artists of the Académie

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

The Festival d'Aix thanks Jean-François Dubos (JFD Associés) for his support to creation of this work

A coproduction with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Helsinki Festival, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels), Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel 

With the support of enoa and programme Europe Creative of the European Union

A coproduction with Ircam - Centre Pompidou

Since the war, I had difficulty being in the company of men. Sleeping was my natural state of being. It was thus that I lived fully and this fulfilment was as necessary to me as air is to breathing.

Aharon Appelfeld: Le garçon qui voulait dormir, 2011

A thousand administrative prisoners are on a hunger strike. The Prime Minister decides to plunge them into a sleep which will distract international attention. And that is when the thousand sleepers cause the Israeli people insomnia. Consequently, it becomes urgent to send an emissary into the world of dreams… Through their dreamlike parable, which oscillates between seriousness and lightness, the composer Adam Maor and the dramaturge Yonatan Levy, both Israelis, talk about a torn apart country, a multi-cultural society that its governing authorities no longer see as an organic whole, but rather as an irreconcilable mosaic. Their multicoloured opera is in turns whimsical and dreamy, to be premiered at the Festival d’Aix before an international tour, is shot through with one certitude: “there is no homeland other than the space between one soul and another.”


    A unique, seductive and provocative universe that is a mixture of political fable, philosophical tale and fictional parable.

    Satirical, political and poetic, all at the same time. 

    A new tale of 1,001 nights, in which the overall experience is corrosive and invigorating.

    A joy of contemporary opera. 

    A work that is fascinating, for both its music and its thought-provoking subject matter.

with the support of


Saturday 6 July 2019
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Monday 8 July 2019
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Wednesday 10 July 2019
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Friday 12 July 2019
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Sunday 14 July 2019
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Prices: 70€, 50€, 30€
Young person's tariff: 9€
Family Opera tariffs
Performance available with ticket packages 100% opera or 100% creation

1 hour without interval

Sung in Hebrew with French and English surtitles