AN OPERA BY TARIK BENOUARKA
Score & roles
El Nafas was written for a symphony orchestra and several Arab instruments: the oud, the ney and Arab percussions.
The score was written for 8 main lyrical voices covering the full register, a storyteller, a chorus, a contemporary ballet and walk-ons.
Leading female role
Queen of the Night
Leading male role
El Nafas can be performed in any setting, whether in an opera house or outdoors.
The scenography reflects the dreamlike character of the work.
It is designed to arouse the imagination by the use of a subtle mix of lighting, images and decorative elements that will evoke the closely interwoven worlds, dimensions and timeframes that are an integral part of the story.
El Nafas Desert and stele emerging from the sand
The obscure world of death and torment, with its ruins, its sky of molten lava and fire and its door to hell
The world of angels and its archway of light
The world of El Nafas before the tragedy
The dimensions through which Selim passes on his spiritual journeys