Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at EYE

Join us on 7 September for the Dutch premiere of the film An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara and the launch of the book Bintou Wéré, African Opera by Koulsy Lamko at EYE Filmmuseum. 

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. 

An Opera of the World & Bintou Wéré: African Opera 
Film & book about the Sahel Opera in Amsterdam

7 September 2017

EYE Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1 Amsterdam

Doors open 19:00-19:30, Foyer

Film & discussion 19:30-21:00, Cinema 1

Entrance is free, please RSVP here

Please note seating is limited

About the Sahel Opera: 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. 

About the Film: 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 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.' The world premiere of the film took place at documenta14 in April 2017. Coproduced by documenta14, Maumaus / Lumiar Cité (Portugal, USA, Mali) and supported by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development and 3sat. 

About the Book: 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 Irma Boom, includes photos documenting the production, interviews with the makers, and the libretto itself.  The book can be purchased on location during the event at EYE, at Pages Bookstore Café Amsterdam located in the Prince Claus Fund Gallery (Herengracht 603 Amsterdam), and at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet shop.

The 7 September event, as well as the original Sahel Opera, have been made possible through the generous cooperation and support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

Photo: Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali, film still

Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at EYE

"Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at EYE Filmmuseum"

Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at EYE

Join us on 7 September for the Dutch premiere of the film An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara and the launch of the book Bintou Wéré, African Opera by Koulsy Lamko at EYE Filmmuseum.  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...

 
 
 
 

Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at EYE

Join us on 7 September for the Dutch premiere of the film An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara and the launch of the book Bintou Wéré, African Opera by Koulsy Lamko at EYE Filmmuseum.  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...