EN - Prelude to the Sea, from the music by Claude Debussy and a work by Stéphane Mallarmé, is a sublime musical poem of the absent; the disappearing. Set in the dried out Aral Sea, this poem is confronted with a catastrophic environment: a place where a whole lake is disappearing.

FR - Prelude to the Sea, sur la musique de Claude Debussy et après un texte de Stéphane Mallarmé, est un poème musical sublime sur ce qui est absent, ce qui disparaît. Tourné dans la mer d'Aral desséchée, ce poème est mis en parallèle avec l’environnement désastreux, un endroit où un lac tout entier est en train de disparaître.


Title Prelude to the Sea
Original title Prélude à la mer
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Category Docs
Year 2009


Cast Cynthia Loemij & Mark Lorrimer
Photography Philippe Guilbert, Aliocha Vanderavoort
Editing Boris Vanderavoort
Music Claude Debussy, executed by the Vlaams Radio Orkest
Executive producer Vincent Thirion

Technical specs

Running time film 19'46"
Release format 16mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Xavier Meeus
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Agence Wallone de l'export (AWEX), WBI, Concertgebouw Brugge, La Filature, Mulhouse, Grame (Mulhouse)
Production partners Charleroi Danses,Rosas, Arte France, Eroïca productions, Flagey, Cité de la Musique (Paris), CBA

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Last edited on 14 October 2015

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Producers Jan Roekens
Writers Thierry De Mey, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

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