Sahel Opera film screening at the Centre Pompidou
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On 26 October 2017, the film An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara will be shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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.”
More details on how to register for the public event will follow.
Photo: Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali, film still