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Satyagraha

An opera by Philip Glass. Direction: Tilde Björfors

Collaboration between Folkoperan and Cirkus Cirkör
Premiere September 14, 2016. Playing this fall at Folkoperan in Stockholm.

Folkoperan and Circus Cirkör presents a spectacular mixture of opera and circus in the opera Satyagraha by Philip Glass. It is an opera about the young Mahatma Gandhi's time in South Africa. It was during that time he discovered Satyagraha, holding onto truth, what would be the beginning of what we call civil resistance. Gandhi became one of the most well known people in the non-violence movement.

"In our time, it is easy to be called naive when you believe in a peaceful and compassionate solutions. Gandhi's life's work is proof that it is possible."

Tilde Björfors

In a unique take on Philip Glass opera Satyagraha, Cirkus Cirkör meet Folkoperan in a collaboration between two very different art forms - opera and contemporary circus.  The story follows the life of the young Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa, where he encounters Satyagraha, which means “insistence on truth” and is a form of nonviolent resistance. Satyagraha was written by the composer Philip Glass in 1979 and has never been performed on a Swedish opera stage before.

Music: Philip Glass
Libretto: Constance De Jong efter Bhagavad-Gita
Orchestral arrangements: Anders Högstedt
Director: Tilde Björfors
Scenography & costume: Dan Potra
Video scenography/projections: Per Rydnert / Johannes Ferm Winkler / Visual Relief
Knitted scenography: Aino Ihanainen
Lighting design: Patrik Bogårdh
Mask: Therésia Frisk
Dramaturge: Magnus Lindman

Cirkusartists: Aino Ihanainen, Alexander Weibel Weibel, Magnus Björu, Sarah Lett/Nathalie Bertholio, Oscar Karlsson.

Gandhi: Leif Aruhn-Solén/Thomas Volle
Miss Schlesen: Lisa Carlioth/Sibylle Glostedt
Mrs Naidoo: Hanna Fritzon/Paulina Pfeiffer
Kasturbai/Mrs Alexander: Els Mondelaers/Karolina Blixt
Mr Kallenbach/ Arjuna: Anton Eriksson/Lars Johansson Brissman
Parsi Rustomji/Krishna: Johan Schinkler/Lars Arvidson.

Chaoir: Calle Lindén, Carl Walin, Elin Skorup, John Kinell, Margaretha Westerlind, Maria Sanner, Michael Axelsson, Sofia Niklasson

Satyagraha
An oper in three acts by Philip Glass
Music by Philip Glass
Lyrics: Constance de Jong (adapted from ”Bhagavad Gita)
Libretto by Philip Glass and Constance de Jong
©1980 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc.