ORLANDO - New Paradigm Opera 


ORLANDO is an opera, a performative installation combining conscious movement, video installation, architecture and live music performance. Julie Beauvais choreographs conscious movements with seven Orlandos of today, embodying the post-binary new paradigm in Berlin, Kinshasa, Marfa, London, Varanasi, Lisboa, Chandolin, Patagonia, North Sea. Slow motion is here used as a means of revelation, enabling an expanded consciousness, a clairvoyance. Horace Lundd chooses vast horizon lines to capture these essential movements at the blue hour. She films fragments destined to later form a continuum and to create the Orlandos common breathing.

Sibylle Kössler and Wynd Van der Woude design a set device allowing the videos to be projected simultaneously, merging the seven horizon lines into one. Christophe Fellay composes an open score for guest musicians and sound artists invited to re-invent

our experience at each performance. ORLANDO connects artists, scientists and audiences at the heart of today’s individual and collective shifts.

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New Paradigm Opera for seven movements, one voice and one horizon

Performative and immersive installation combining conscious movement, 

video installation, architecture and live music performance

Based on Virginia Woolf’s epic novel for an androgynous figure

Created in Berlin, Kinshasa, Marfa, London, Varanasi, Lisboa, Chandolin,

Patagonia, North Sea

Production BadNewsFromTheStars* - CH, Horace Lundd - FR

Coproduction La Bâtie, Festival de Genève

Associates LAPIS/EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Accélérateur

de Particules Strasbourg
Support and partners Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture, Pro Helvetia COINCIDENCIA, CNC - Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image animée -

dispositif DICRéAM aide au développement et aide à la production, Loterie Romande Vaud,

Loterie Romande Valais, Canton du Valais - service de la culture, DRAC - Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Grand Est - aide individuelle à la création, Région Grand Est - soutien à la création du spectacle vivant et des arts visuels, Ville de Genève - département des finances et du logement, HEAR - Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin


Artistic direction, concept and choreography Julie Beauvais
Co-artistic direction, videos DoP Horace Lundd

Music and sounds composition Christophe Fellay

Set design Sibylle Kössler, Wynd van der Woude 

Created with and moved by Michael John Harper, Orakle Ngoy, Winsome Brown, Carolyn Cowan, Nyima, Diego Bagagal, August Schaltenbrand, Natalia Chami, Valentina Bordenave,

Frans W.M. Franssens

Videos editing Paul Gauthier

Videos color grading Marjolaine Mispelaere

Technical direction BadNewsFromTheStars*

Maquettes, tests Gaëlle Claude, Adrien Dauvillier, Sophie Le Meillour

Wood engineering Rémy Meylan, Whood X Mug

Video medias Des Choses Pareilles

Administration Sarah Bétrisey

Press Florence Proton

Accounting Nicole Mudry


Sincere thanks and deep gratitude to Alexa Gruber, Christine Marsan, Caroline Dayer,

Nicola Braghieri, Sara Formery, Manon Fantini, Laurent Chassot, Camille Cottagnoud,

Ingrid Beauvais, Amélie Rouyer, Roland Sprenger, Monique Sprenger, Nicole Mudry,

Rinah Läng, Susanne Steffen, Ulla Klingovsky, Arthur Debert, Chloé Grunhertz,

Iris Aubry, Wilfried Luzele, Lucille De Witte​ Luzele, Paty Masiapa​, Mega Minigiedi,

Yves Sambu, Andee Radu, Aziz Friedrich, Rainer Judd, Agnès Cremel, Shabari Rao, 

Anitha Santhanam, Namgyal Taklha, Tribhuwan Chauhan, Anouk Jacob, Martim Dinis,

Matilde Menezes Ferreira, Cristina Tavares, Tomás Maia, Mariana Brandão, António Câmara Manuel, Gwendolyn Jenkins, Solam, Céline Golaz, Florence Guignard, Lucrèce Minuty, Joël Zufferey, Julia Moroge, Marine Ventura, Viviane Lima, Philippe Biollaz, Lyvia Papilloud, Lauryline, Jean-Luc Torrent, Bastien Charvoz, Rita Bonvin, Lisa Biedlingmaier,

Moritz Finkbeiner, Alex Scobie, Karin Denoual, Rut and Carlos Chami, Metty Franssens,

Ella van der Woude, Luciano Percara, Shariff Korver, Celia Jesupret, Daniel Alvarez




EPFL-Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH / guest-musician Christophe Fellay

La Bâtie, Festival de Genève (CH) / guest-musicians NAH, Annina Gieré 

Dock 11 & EDEN*****, Berlin (DE) / guest-musician Sir o Sir

Regionale 19 Strasbourg (FR) / guest-sound artist Apollo Noir



Ferme-Asile Sion (CH)  / guest-musicians Charlotte Hug, Yannick Barman

Rotterdam Operadagen Festival (NL) / guest-musicians Joëlle Léandre, Yannick Barman



Santiago a Mil Festival (CL) / guest-musician Cesar Bernal

FIBA-Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (AR) / guest-musicians Leonel Kaplan, Guillermina Etkin

Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo (BR) / guest-sound artist Bartira

Val d'Anniviers, Chandolin (CH) / guest-musician Yannick Barman

Manifesta 13 - les parallèles du sud, Marseille (FR) / guest-sound artists eRikm, Meryll Ampe



India tour, in preparation


ORLANDO Residency in Patagonia, AR

LAPIS - Laboratoire des art pour les sciences / EPFL - Lausanne, CH

EPFL+ECAL lab - Lausanne, CH

HES_SO  - Valais, CH

Arthaus.berlin - Berlin, DE

International Theatre School of the Russian Federation - Moscow, RU

Embodied Poetics - London, UK

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Bangalore, IN

Centre de la Roseraie - Genève, CH

Etincelles de Culture et le Lycée-Collège des Creusets - Sion, CH

Ecoles du secondaire II, Genève, CH


'ORLANDO, a Neo-renaissance'_ La Tribune de Genève

'A sweet and fluid revolution.' _ Le Nouvelliste

'The images are vast, the music flows in you. It is nice to surrender to this form of slow opera. You can sit, lie or walk around, but the performance mainly invites you to connect

and let go. Whether it is because we can forget about the borders, I do not know, but Orlando is an experience that gives essential space. You also noticed that from the applause: no ovation, rather a long mild rain shower.'_ Theaterkrant

'An artistic objective outside of any mold that pushes boundaries

and questions the social function of opera.'_ Le Nouvelliste

'A feeling of great internal peace fills the space. The audience marvels.'

_ Le Nouvelliste