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November 4 @ 7:30 pm
Satyagraha, one of Philip Glass’ most humane and mysterious works, returns to BAM after almost 40 years in a mesmerizing production from Swedish Folkoperan and circus group Cirkus Cirkör. The production puts singers (soloists and chorus), acrobats, and instrumentalists (reduced to 21 by Anders Högstedt) together on the Harvey Theater stage, creating an intimate and communal feeling. Balls of yarn serve as the visual unifier and the symbol of India’s independence (a concept Gandhi himself promoted). Acrobats, sometimes serving as soloists’ doubles, are used not only to create visual excitement, but also to illuminate the non-narrative plot. Although Folkoperan usually performs in Swedish to facilitate its audience’s understanding of the text, at BAM the opera will be performed in its original Sanskrit as Glass intended.
Oct 31—Nov 1 & 3 at 7:30pm; Nov 4 at 3pm