THE GREAT YES, THE GREAT NO

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE (1955) — MUSIC THEATRE

WORLD PREMIERE
COMMISSION LUMA FOUNDATION
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE

CO-COMMISSION ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - MIAMI USA, CAL PERFORMANCES - BERKELEY USA, CENTRE D’ART BATTAT - MONTREAL CANADA
FOUNDATIONAL COMMISSIONING SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND CREATION OF THE GREAT YES, THE GREAT NO IS PROVIDED BY BROWN ARTS INSTITUTE AT BROWN UNIVERSITY, USA

NEW PRODUCTION THE OFFICE PERFORMING ARTS + FILM
A PROJECT OF THE CENTRE FOR THE LESS GOOD IDEA
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH LES THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG, RUHRFESTSPIELE RECKLINGHAUSEN - GERMANY

LUMA ARLES
78910July
Opera

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Stage director and concept
William Kentridge
Associate directors
Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Phala O. Phala
Choral composer
Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Costume design
Greta Goiris
Set design
Sabine Theunissen
Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum, Elena Gui
Music director
Tlale Makhene
Dramaturg
Mwenya Kabwe
Projection editing, compositing
Žana Marović, Janus Fouché, Joshua Trappler
Cinematography
Duško Marović
Video control
Kim Gunning
Chorus
Anathi Conjwa, Asanda Hanabe, Zandile Hlatshwayo, Khokho Madlala, Nokuthula Magubane, Mapule Moloi, Nomathamsanqa Ngoma
Accordion, banjo
Nathan Koci
Percussion
Tlale Makhene
Piano
Thandi Ntuli
Cello
Marika Hughes
Performers
Xolisile Bongwana, Hamilton Dhlamini, William Harding, Tony Miyambo, Nancy Nkusi, Luc de Wit
Dancers
Thulani Chauke, Teresa Phuti Mojela

About

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
LUMA ARLES
OPENING 29 JUNE 2024

Performances

Sunday7July 2024
LUMA ARLES9:30 PM
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Monday8July 2024
LUMA ARLES9:30 PM
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Tuesday9July 2024
LUMA ARLES9:30 PM
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Wednesday10July 2024
LUMA ARLES9:30 PM
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Catégorie 1
€77.00
Catégorie 2
€32.00

Youth prices: €23, €10

Performance available with ticket packages.

Spoken and sung in English, French, Isiswati, Isizulu, Isixhosa, Setswana and Xitsonga with French and English surtitles
1 hour and 20 minutes without interval

Toured in partnership with
QUATERNAIRE
Sarah Ford and Felicitas Willems
quaternaire.org

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
— by shuttle: shuttle service from Aix-en-Provence to LUMA Arles is 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
> Book online:
Sunday 7 July 2024, Monday 8 July 2024, Tuesday 9 July 2024, Wednesday 10 July 2024
— by carpooling > look for or offer a ride

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