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Chrysalis: Burkina Faso

Chrysalis: Burkina Faso

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Choreographer/performer: Aguibou Bougobali Sanou
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, with adaptation by Aguibou Bougobali Sanou

Artistic Director: Hannah von Wiehler (nee Schneider)

In our opening video, Sanou brings us to the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for an exploration of the theme of Chrysalis. Sanou’s concept is one of magical realism, fusing the quotidian and the idealistic: he brings the images of wings and flight into the quotidian life of his home city. Abrupt camera motion follows the progress of Sanou, whose body transforms into various manifestations of a new butterfly taking wing. At the same time, as Sanou tries to take flight, ordinary life carries on around him – motorbikes, dogs, and chickens amble past him, heads turn of women on the way to their daily shopping. Interspersed with these images, however, is the orchestra in Oxford, set in a rooftop amphitheatre against a blue sky. This is the imagined world of Sanou’s mind, a sky where he can take flight and soar to music only heard by him. This fusion of locations should leave audiences with an uplifting sensation that taking flight is always possible – even if only in the mind.

CREDITS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Hannah von Wiehler (nee Schneider)

PRODUCER

Emilia Clark

1st Unit (Burkina Faso)

CHOREOGRAPHY

Aguibou Bougabali Sanou

COMPOSITION

Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, ‘Winter’, I. Allegro non molto. Additional vocal and drum lines by Aguibou Bougabali Sanou.

PERFORMER

Aguibou Bougabali Sanou

MUSICIANS – BURKINA FASO 

Fanta COULIBALY 

Seydou KONÉ

Directed by Aguibou Bougabali Sanou

MUSIC RECORDING 

Studio Afric Echos – Sylvain Dando PARÉ

EDITOR

Emilia Clark

COLORIST

Ken Slater

2nd Unit (Oxford)

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Alex van Leeuwen

LIGHTING CAMERAMAN

Calum Bradshaw

MUSIC: 

OXFORD ALTERNATIVE ORCHESTRA 

Music Director: Hannah von Wiehler (nee Schneider)  

Solo violin: 

Violetta Suvini

Violin: 

Hannah Leighton-Jones 

Jenny Wang 

Elizabeth Nurse 

Marcus Spiegel 

Viola: 

Alexander Gunasekera 

Adi Jacobson 

William Emery 

Cello: 

Giulia da Cruz 

Lizi Vineall 

Bass:
Samuel Hopkins 

MUSIC RECORDING AND MIXING

Jonathan Danciger

 

Date And Time

30-01-21 to
30-01-21
 

Location

 
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