Available on 30.07.2021
Thursday 30 September 2021
Opera

The Arab Apocalypse by Samir Odeh-Tamimi

conductor Ilan Volkov — mise en espace Pierre Audi

Recording Date
4 July 2021
Languages
Performance in French, Greek and Arabic
Filmed by
Compagnie des Indes
Distribution area
Video available all over the world
Video available for replay until
01.11.2021
Photo credits
Ruth Walz
LIBRETTO BY CLAUDIA PÉREZ IÑESTA AND SAMIR ODEH-TAMIMI INSPIRED BY ETEL ADNAN’S POEM THE ARAB APOCALYPSE (1980)

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NEW PRODUCTION AND COMMISSIONED BY FESTIVAL D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE

A COPRODUCTION WITH LUMA FOUNDATION, ABU DHABI FESTIVAL

WITH THE SUPPORT OF ANDRÉ AND ROSALIE HOFFMANN
LE CERCLE INCISES POUR LA CRÉATION CONTEMPORAINE

SAMIR ODEH-TAMIMI’S COMMISSION IS SUPPORTED BY ERNST VON SIEMENS MUSIC FOUNDATION

Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Conductor
Ilan Volkov
Mise en espace
Pierre Audi
Stage and Lighting Designer
Urs Schönebaum
Costume Designer
Wojciech Dziedzic
Video
Chris Kondek
Dramaturge
Klaus Bertisch
Le Chœur
Camille Allérat, Pauline Sikirdji*, Fiona McGown*, Camille Merckx, Helena Rasker
Le Témoin
Thomas Oliemans*
Orchestra
Ensemble Modern
*former artists of the Académie

It was January 1975. One day, I took a pen, a sheet of paper, and I thought: I want to write a poem about the sun. Totally repetitive: the sun, the sun, the sun.

Etel Adnan, « Nous savons tant et nous savons si peu » (2011-2017)

Created in 1975 and based on events at the time, the collection The Arab Apocalypse by the painter and poet Etel Adnan offers a gripping depiction of the civil war in Lebanon. The sun, a central figure in a series of mystical variations, allegorises the spread and influence of cultures from throughout the Arab world, and the cataclysm that was brought upon them in an endless tragedy with global repercussions. This work—a virulent denunciation of crimes that sprung from intolerance—is like no other, and profoundly touched and inspired the Israeli-Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, who lives in Berlin, and the Franco-Lebanese stage director Pierre Audi. Together, they strove to give these songs, interspersed with mysterious drawings, the form of musical theatre, which could highlight both the actual events and their universality. The Arab Apocalypse was already prophetic when it was written, and continues to provide visionary insight into the hardships that Lebanon faces today.