Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at the EYE
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On 7 September 2017, the film An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara, and the book Bintou Wéré, African Opera by Koulsy Lamko will be launched at the EYE in Amsterdam. Following the screening of the film, a conversation with Diawara and Lamko will be moderated by Els van der Plas, Founding Director of the Prince Claus Fund (1997-2010) and current General Director of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
Ten years ago, Bintou Wéré, a Sahel Opera premiered in Bamako, Mali. It then sold out to enthusiastic audiences in Amsterdam and Paris. It had never been done before: an African story of the pull and torments of migration told in operatic form, composed, designed, choreographed and performed by Africans from 13 countries in the Sub-Saharan region. A decade later the story and its theme are more relevant than ever.
Now, in the film An Opera of the World, Malian-American filmmaker Manthia Diawara has produced a cinematic retelling of the opera that explores the African traditions it draws on and explores the contemporary relevance of its themes. Diawara says his inspiration came from Édouard Glissant’s concept of “Chaos-Opera”:
“To create relationships between Bintou Wéré, and all the human migrations that took place before it, after it, or at the same time…an encounter between words, music and dance, which attempts to make sense of human movements and the new cultures that are born out of them.”
In his book Bintou Wéré, African Opera, Koulsy Lamko poet, novelist and librettist of the Sahel Opera traces the extraordinary collaborative process that created this production, along with its impact on those who took part. African traditions that permeate the operatic story receive poetic explanation. The book, designed by prize-winning graphic designer, Irma Boom includes photos documenting the production, interviews with the makers, and the libretto itself.
Date: 7 September 2017
Entrance: 19:00 - 19:30 Foyer
Film & discussion: 19:30 – 21:00 Cinema 1
More details on how to register for the public event will follow.
The 7 September event, as well as the original Sahel Opera, have been made possible through the generous cooperation and financial support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
Photo: Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali, film still