THE GREAT YES, THE GREAT NO
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE (1955) — MUSIC THEATRE
COMMISSION LUMA FOUNDATION
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
CO-COMMISSION CAL PERFORMANCES - BERKELEY USA, ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - MIAMI USA, CENTRE D’ART BATTAT - MONTREAL CANADA, BROWN ARTS INSTITUTE AT BROWN UNIVERSITY - USA
NEW PRODUCTION THE OFFICE PERFORMING ARTS + FILM
A PROJECT OF THE CENTRE FOR THE LESS GOOD IDEA
March 1941: a cargo ship leaves Marseille for Martinique with, on board, several artists and intellectuals escaping from Vichy France, including André Breton, Claude Lévi-Strauss and the Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. This real event takes a magical turn when Charon, the ferryman of the dead who has now been promoted captain, rearranges space-time and invites other celebrated figures to join this new kind of ark, an allegory of all the forced expeditions of the past and present, including the representatives of anti-colonialism Aimé Césaire, Franz Fanon and the Nardal sisters. In LUMA Arles, the wonderful visual artist William Kentridge launches the spectator on to one of his artistic, political and spiritual adventures of which he alone holds the secret: a chamber opera inspired by the avant-gardes of the time, mixing the surreal and irrational (masks, collages, projections) and engaging dancers, performers, chorus members and instrumentalists in a vast web of musical styles, especially African and Caribbean.
EXPOSITION WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
OPENING 29 JUNE 2024
Youth prices: €23, €10
Performance available with ticket packages.
Sung in English, French, Isiswati, Isizulu, Isixhosa, Setswana and Xitsonga with French and English surtitles
1 hour and 20 minutes without interval
A return journey (round trip) shuttle service from Aix-en-Provence to LUMA Arles will be offered at the time of your booking.
Round trip tickets : 10€ per person
Departure at 7pm - Bus stop "Hôtel du Roi René" (18 bd du Roi René, 13100 Aix-en-Provence)
Return to Aix-en-Provence planned after the performance