Choreography, scenography and set: Robyn Orlin
With : 6 dancers-singers
Cast : to be confirmed
A humorous and ironical look at how Africa makes sense of first world high art/opera ... or, the meaning of opera as seen by an African (even though she is white) ... or, un packing Europe ... or, understanding Africa ... or, things changing ... or, being critical of the first world by underpinning its values...
the setting in the theatre is stark ... no props... no decor ... a silent elegant figure wearing an elegant evening dress (who's first life was an old sweater found in a second hand store in downtown Johannesburg), appears out of the darkness holding a lit candle ...perched on her head is a scaffold plank ... she is walking towards the audience while balancing this plank, a loaf of white bread under her arm ... she stops in her tracks ... drops the plank in front of her and places the bread on her head while singing the famed tenor role ' o solo mio ' ...
"When I take off my skin and touch the sky with my nose, only then can I see little voices amuse themselves" is a new piece by Robyn orlin ...
... she will be working with some south African opera singers; several famous well known excerpts from first world opera; simple props that will give a different meaning to these well known songs ...
Tour manager : Michael Maxwell
Stage manager : Thabo Pule
Administration, booking : Damien Valette – www.jgdv.net
Coproduction (to be confirmed) : City Theater & Dance Group, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris - France,
Le Cargo - Scène Nationale de Grenoble - France,
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg – Luxembourg
Feb 8 to 11 2005 Grenoble - Le Cargo France
Feb 15 to 19 2005 Paris - Theatre de la Ville France
Feb 22 2005 Dieppe - Scene Nationale - France
Feb 24 2005 Rouen - Opéra de Rouen - France
March 1 - 2 2005 Strasbourg - Le Maillon / Pole Sud - France
March 5 2005 Remscheid - Theatre de la Ville - Allemagne
March 8 2005 Metz - L¹Arsenal - France
March 11 -12 2005 Grand Théâtre de la ville de Luxembourg - Luxembourg
March 15 2005 Reims - Le Manege Scene Nationale - France
March 17 2005 Bonlieu - Scene Nationale d¹Annecy - France
March 19 to 26 2005 Rennes - Theatre National de Bretagne - France
March 29 - 30 2005 Toulouse - Theatre National de Toulouse - France
April 1 2005 Martigues - Theatre des Salins France
April 6 2005 Ibos - Le Parvis Scene Nationale - France
April 9 - 10 2005 Madrid Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza - Espagne