Moby Dick, at last Queequeg speaks

LOD muziektheater

A jazzy opera about power, status and the need for reconciliation in our society.

Gorges Ocloo had for a long time wanted to create a play based on Herman Melville’s literary classic Moby Dick. When, several years ago, he saw a newspaper photo of an 11-year-old girl in her Sunday dress floating lifelessly in the azure-blue water of the Mediterranean Sea, the pieces of the puzzle started to come together. Did this girl, one of the first victims of a sunken refugee boat, know beforehand how dangerous her journey would be? And would the ever silent Queequeg, portrayed as an exotic ‘barbarian’, have boarded the Pequod if he had known in advance that Captain Ahab had a recklessly vengeful mission in mind?

Ocloo contacted the Nigerian writer Ben Okri for the adaptation of Moby Dick. He reworked Melville’s account to create a magic-realist story of the gap between power and powerlessness, high and low, rich and poor. A story set after the ship has sunk. In a poetic and enchanting world inspired by voodoo and animist tales. A place where anything is possible. Where Ahab and Queequeg exchange views for the first time, free from status and ego, free from material things, pure and untrammelled.

On stage we see Josse De Pauw, South-African soprano Nobulumko Mngxekeza-Nziramasanga and musician Toon Callier on a composition by Dominique Pauwels. You can expect a jazzy opera, swinging and full of energy, about the need for conciliation in an increasingly polarised society.

'It is an evil voyage, I tell thee. If Ahab has his way, neither thee nor me, nor any member of this ship’s company, will ever see home again.' 

concept, direction

  • Gorges Ocloo


  • Ben Okri


  • Herman Melville


  • Dominique Pauwels

musical performance conducted by

  • Toon Callier


  • Josse De Pauw


  • Raehann Bryce-Davis


  • LOD muziektheater


  • C-TAKT
  • kunstencentrum Vooruit
  • De Grote Post

with the support of

  • De Belgische Tax Shelter

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  1. Cancelled: Sunday 15 March 2020 — 15h00 — Theaterstudio deSingel, Antwerpen
  2. Wednesday 18 January 2023 — 20h00 — LOD Studio, Gent
  3. Thursday 19 January 2023 — 20h00 — LOD Studio, Gent
  4. Saturday 21 January 2023 — 20h15 — De Warande, Turnhout
  5. Tuesday 21 February 2023 — 20h00 — CC Brugge/Stadsschouwburg, Brugge

News about ‘Moby Dick, at last Queequeg speaks’

Gorges Ocloo calls for a repertoire that starts from the bottom up Read • 24 June 2022

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‘Actions, not only words’ – that was the motto of his school in Ghana, and theatre maker Gorges Ocloo (b. 1988) still lives by it. His shows are colourful extravaganzas of visuals, movement and music, with a strong political undertone. He wipes his feet on the classical repertoire. Meet a director who plans to take the Bourla by storm with new metaphors.


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