An AfrOpera by Gorges Ocloo which blends Western Classical opera repertoire into a highly rhythmical, dynamic soundtrack.
The Golden Stool, the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa takes place in 1900, during an important battle between the British Empire and the female army of the Ashanti Empire in contemporary Ghana. Warrioress Nana Yaa Asantewaa was leading the troops in the battle for the Golden Stool.
The Golden Stool, the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa is a story about sovereignty and theft, about the power of symbols and the importance of being mentally independent. But most of all, about Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the woman whose life revolves around her activism.
On stage are ten black women: South-African singers Nobulumko Mngxekeza-Nziramasanga (soprano) and Nonkululeko Nkwinti (mezzo-soprano), strengthened by a choir of eight singers, dancers, and percussionists. This afrOpera blends Western Classical opera repertoire into a highly rhythmical, dynamic soundtrack.
direction, libretto, composition, set, costume
choir, dance, percussion
Doris Bokongo Nkumu
Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu
Saar-Niragire De Groof
advice composition & choir master
Josse De Pauw
Eva De Wolf
Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
with the support of
de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
Thursday 27 April 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
Friday 28 April 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
Saturday 29 April 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
‘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.