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La victoire de Karima

Chœurs de jeunes et d’enfants de l’Orchestre de Paris - Boxing Beats - Clara Baget - Anaïs de Courson - Virginie Caussin - Edwin Baudo
Family Participatory Concert
for ages 8+
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Duration: about 1h10



Edwin Baudo
La Victoire de Karima
Musique d'Edwin Baudo
Livret d'Hervé Mestron
Chœur de jeunes de l'Orchestre de Paris
Chœur d'enfants de l'Orchestre de Paris
Jeunes boxeurs de l'association Boxing Beats
Clara Baget , conducting
Anaïs de Courson , staging
Virginie Caussin , choreographer
Sofia Anisimova , mezzo-soprano
Tristan Hambleton , bass baryton
Léa Sarfati , soprano
Aurore Ugolin , mezzo-soprano
Richard Wilberforce , choirmaster
Rémi Aguirre Zubiri , chef de choeur associé
Edwin Baudo , chef de choeur associé
Désirée Pannetier , cheffe de choeur associée
Béatrice Warcollier , cheffe de choeur associée

Presenting a modern tale on the inner journey, patriarchal society and individual achievement, the world premiere of La Victoire de Karima turns the concert hall, for a day, into a high-voltage boxing ring or sports stadium.

Karima, a free-spirited young woman, confronts the reality of her female condition and of the streets by taking up boxing, to the great displeasure of her father who, himself a former boxer, nevertheless ends up supporting her. A contemporary fable about the emancipatory power of sport and the struggle against social and family determinism, La Victoire de Karima is a hybrid work blending choral tradition (with two choirs, one of angels and the other of demons, competing for the heroine’s spirit) and elements of musical comedy and urban music, including slam.

Geared towards popular audiences, this participatory opera features sport choreographies orchestrated by the Aubervilliers association ‘Boxing Beat’ and invites the public to step into the ring! Edwin Baudo, well known to the young choir singers, has created a rhythmic and lyrical score complete with chanting and body percussion, that masterfully captures and reflects the energy, doubts and struggles of our time.

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