Opera about deforestation on Kalimantan – The original forest on Kalimantan in Indonesia is disappearing quickly, and this has everything to do with patterns of consumption in Europe. The Indonesian composer Nursalim Yadi Anugerah and the Dutch librettist and director Miranda Lakerveld are making a new opera that takes widespread deforestation as its subject. The work is based on two classical works, one from Eastern and one from Western culture: the Kayan epic Takna’ Lawe’ and Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Both stories are about the importance of honouring nature and its natural resources. By weaving the two storylines together, they connect the Kalimantan Kayan’s rich cultural tradition with Western mythology in Wagner’s interpretation. The result is a stirring musical and theatrical fusion of two cultures that are intertwined with each other in many ways.
music Nursalim Yadi Anugerah stagedirector Miranda Lakerveld libretto Miranda Lakerveld & Nursalim Yadi Anugerah
with: Bernadeta Astari (soprano), Rolfe Dauz (bariton), Frisna Virginia (soprano), Dominikus Uyub (sape, voice) Marta Haran (Dayung) & Art SriSayam (dance) Ensemble: Balaan Tumaan video Siavash Naghshbandi lighting Bart van den Heuvel
met steun van Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Gieskes Strijbis, Dutch Culture