Directed by David Daurier & Jean-Marie Montangerand
Produced by Bel Air Media
In the suburb of Aix-en-Provence, middle school children are following workshops about the creation of an opera in arabic. The students will then discover the topical work of a Syrian poet that will echo far beyond their playground.
Teenagers will discover the ancient tales of Kalîla wa Dimna, a major work from the Middle East, that traveled through the ages to France where they inspired Jean de la Fontaine.
A Syrian poet, Fady Jomar, after leaving his country where he was imprisoned by the Bachar Al Assad regime, adapted these tales for an Arabic opera to be performed as part of the International Festival of Lyric Art. While the pupils are confronted with the text, the artistic crew works on the elaboration of the music and the staging. This will be an opportunity for those young people to attend an opera for the first time.