C. T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska
Inspired and provoked by Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, two artists and a curator decide to revisit his mad plan of bringing opera to the tropics. In an attempt to undercut Fitzcarraldo’s colonial romanticism, they confront a set of particular historical and socio-political realities by staging Halka, considered to be Poland’s “national opera,” in the seemingly unlikely locale of Cazale, Haiti, a village inhabited by the descendants of Polish soldiers who fought for the Haitian Revolution in the early 1800s.
In February 2015, a one-time-only performance of Halka was presented to a rapt local audience on a winding dirt road. A collaboration between Polish and Haitian performers, the event was filmed in one take to be presented later as a large-scale projected panorama in the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
This volume provides both a multifaceted conceptual framework for the project and a detailed record of this remarkable endeavor.
6 x 9 1/4 inches / 216 pages / 72 color ill
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