Yo soy la desintegración

Performance opera
  • [Remount]
  • Music: Jean Piché
  • Libretto: Yan Muckle
  • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
Yo soy la desintegración (1997)
Commission: Chants libres, with support from the CCA


“Stunningly powerful performance inspired by artist. […] music, powerful and evocative…” — Robert Crew, The Toronto Star

A chamber opera for solo voice with an electroacoustic score by the composer Jean Piché and the librettist Yan Muckle, Yo soy la desintegración is inspired by the personal diary of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo.

20 years after the original production created in 1997, Chants Libres remounts this powerful and evocative opera. We enter the intimate world of a young painter who is dealing with the consequences of a difficult life with tenacity, courage and passion.

Created and directed by Pauline Vaillancourt, with choreography by the renowned visual artist Anita Pantin, the piece was performed in 2017 by the soprano Stéphanie Lessard.

About the opera

I first discovered the universe of Frida Kahlo, not through her impressive paintings (tainted by suffering, she nonetheless led an exceptional life and bequeathed us her paintings) but rather through the intimacy of her diary that she kept during the final years of her life. In her writing we discover her heart, her senses and her soul.

The unusual fate of this woman led me to reflect on the influence of fatality on the trajectory of life, on what happens to the children marked by war, insults, malformations, cruelty… I allowed Frida Kahlo’s world to influence me to a point of transposition.

What you will see this evening is not her life but rather her transformation into a wholly new life. The music of Jean Piché, the colours of Anita Pantin, the adaptation by Yan Muckle will transport you, I hope, into the singular world of a child who has become an adult, subjected to a difficult destiny, that, in keeping with Frida’s image, lives a life with another kind of outlook, that of tenacity and courage.

Pauline Vaillancourt — Artistic Director, Chants Libres. Original concept, stage director.

This production is a revival of the 1997 production:

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