FULL Bintou were, a Sahel opera – abridged (Zé Manel Fortes) Palermo 2018
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Bintou were, a Sahel opera
- Composer: Ze Manel Forte, Wasis Diop
- Libretto: Wasis Diop    Libretto Text, Libretto Index
- Venue & Opera Company: Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Italy
- Recorded: June 15, 2018
- Type: Staged Opera Live
- Singers: Carlo D, Badara Seck, Ma Sané, Yves Thiam
- Orchestra: Ensemble Interculturale del Conservatorio “V.Bellini” di Palermo
- Chorus: Coro Interculturale del Conservatorio “V.Bellini” di Palermo
- Stage Director: Massimo Luconi
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Massimo Luconi
- Date Published: 2021
- Format: Streaming
- Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
- Subtitles: nosubs
- Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
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History and creation
Bintou Wéré was produced on an initiative of the Prince Claus Foundation of the Netherlands 3 , in co-production with the Republic of Mali and the Théâtre du Châtelet . The libretto was written in collaboration by the Chadian Koulsy Lamko and the Senegalese Wasis Diop , also artistic director, the music composed by Zé Manel Fortes , originally from Guinea-Bissau. The work is sung in Wolof (Senegal), Bambara (Mali), Malinké (Guinea) and Guinea-Bissau Creole 4 .
Musicians, singers, actors and dancers were recruited from Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso. The staging is signed by Jean-Pierre Leur, former actor of the Daniel-Sorano national theater in Dakar, and the choreographies by the Franco-Senegalese Germaine Acogny and the Togolese Flora Théfaine. The costumes were created by Oumou Sy .
the February 17, 2007The world premiere of Bintou Wéré, an opera from the Sahel , took place in Bamako , followed the same year by performances in Amsterdam and then in Paris.
Contemporary opera, Bintou Wéré tells of the dangerous crossing of the desert of a caravan of Africans on their way to Europe, their utopias and their hopes. The main character is Bintou Wéré (Djénéba Koné), a former pregnant child soldier, accompanied by her companions in misfortune, the potential fathers of her children. The opera follows them from a small village in the Sahel to the barbed wire in Melilla (a Spanish enclave in Morocco), where Bintou Wéré hopes to give birth to his child. But arrived at the goal, they turn back: at the end of this odyssey is only disillusion.