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 six 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? 

Four 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

With the support of:
New York University - Institute of Philosophy
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Parijs - Institut Nicod
Ritsumeikan University Kyoto - Graduate School of Core Ethics


André Jolivet Incantation no 1 - Pour accueillir les négociateurs, et que l'entrevue soit pacifique (from Cinq incantations)

Maurice Ravel Chansons Madécasses

Il est doux

Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in b minor, BWV 1030

Largo e dolce

Johannes Schöllhorn Vor Augen     

Karlheinz Stockhausen Taurus (from Tierkreis)         

Other works by, amongst others, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leoš Janáček, Claude Debussy, Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov, Luciano Berio, Dmitri Shostakovich, Francis Poulenc & Kazuo Fukushima


Mériam Korichi, philosopher and stage director

6 international philosophers
Paul Boghossian (New York University)
Paul Dumouchel (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)
Gloria Origgi (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Parijs)
Gertrudis Van de Vijver (UGent)
Emiliano Acosta (UGent)
Danny Praet (UGent)

Het Collectief
Toon Fret, flute
Martijn Vink, cello
Thomas Dieltjens, piano
Katrien Baerts, soprano