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Opéra National Du Rhin

Fiona Tong will join Opéra national du Rhin to perform the acting role of Satyavati in Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata from 21st March 2020.

An opera adaptation of the novel Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharataby writer Karthika Naïr, this world premiere by French composer Thierry Pécou, commissioned by the National Opera of the Rhine, is at the heart of the third ARSMONDO edition, which is devoted to India. Exploring themes of the great Mahabharata epic, the founding narrative of Hinduism, Until the Lions gives voice to the women who have most suffered from rivalries, destruction, war, the violence of power and patriarchal domination. This contemporary work makes many references to music from India and wider South Asia. Inspired by the poet Edouard Glissant, Thierry Pécou creates a musical all-world expressed through song and spoken word, from recitative to psalmody. This world premiere a production and choreography by Indian artist Shobana Jeyasingh, who has lived in London for many years. Hence, dance has a special role in this show, which brings together artists from Jeyasingh’s company and the Ballet of the OnR. Young conductor Marie Jacquot is leading the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra for the first time.