Le Banquet

Minard Theatre


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Philosophy and music: dialogue or battle?

“Music gives the mind wings.”

Greek philosopher Plato’s immortal words are as true today as they were in the 4th century BC: that music and philosophy have a lot to learn from each other! Since 2010, French philosopher and director Mériam Korichi has been bringing philosophy closer to audiences through her The Night of Philosophy format, which has enjoyed worldwide success. 

In Le Banquet, she translates Plato’s most important work—The Symposium— into words and actions: taking the ancient Greek example, Korichi invites eight renowned philosophers to debate the importance of what are perhaps the two most powerful and characteristic of all human occupations: music and love. Fifty years on from May 1968, and 2500 years after Plato, what remains of our ode to Eros? 

Five musicians from the Belgian chamber music ensemble Het Collectief challenge the thinkers in a battle of music and wisdom, in order to establish perhaps once and for all which has the last word: the emotions or the intellect. 

In cooperation with University Ghent


Mériam Korichi, philosopher and stage director
6 international philosophers
Het Collectief