LES JOURS ET LES NUITS DE L’ARBRE CŒUR – Stage, roles & settings

THE NIGHTS AND DAYS OF THE HEART TREE

AN OPERA BY TARIK BENOUARKA


Stage & Characters

The work was written for:


– the symphony orchestra El Nour Wal Amal: the muses,

– two great arab voices: a tenor and a soprano in the roles of Amal and Nour,

– a narrator or storyteller,

– five ballet dancers,

and optionally, a choir (adults or children).


Nour:
Georges Wanis, Egyptian tenor


Amal:
Racha Rizk, Syrian soprano
or Dalia Fadel, Egyptian soprano
or Dalia Farouk, Egyptian soprano


The narrator:

comedian (casting on-going)

Setting

« The structure of the piece necessitates creating different ways to tell the story. Indeed the action often moves forward during narration and sung scenes can not be dramatised. Echoing the miscegenation of the music, I divide the characters so that they are embodied by both singers and dancers. Fantasy, including that of the Tree Heart, will unfold through scalable video graphics projected on a large net curtain, representing a passage between the worlds. Thus, orchestra, singers, dancers, narrator, video, staging and lighting are invited on stage to tell this eternal story. »


Gilbert Désveaux

Stage manager

Alain Lagarde

Scenographer