Burkina Faso Opera Project
LÀ-BAS OU ICI...
"LÀ-BAS OU ICI...", an interdisciplinary project in development, is an opera in French and several other local languages, produced by Keiko Fujiie in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Starting in 2019, the ongoing project brings together several cultures, languages and art forms, attempting to create a global and open work of art.
The title is borrowed from the novel L'Aube d'un avenir avorté... written in French by Congolese writer Moyi Mbourangon, who wrote the opera's libretto.
The cinematography is by Justin P. Brown.
Keiko Fujiie is an international composer and author of several operas.
With this project, she brings to bear her experience and in-depth knowledge of both Western classical music and the traditional music of East Asia.
East Asian traditional music, dialogues and merges with West African music and its spirit.
Given that African music is not written down on sheet music, but is transmitted orally, the process of creating an opera requires a great deal of skill.
process of creating an opera requires careful communication and longer than usual timescales.
that the four acts of the work will not be completed until 2023.
Get to know our opera & songs
Our Opera Project was presentd at SIAO 2023
SIAO, the International Arts and Handicrafts Trade Show of Ouagadougou
Performance at Bobo-Dioulasso
On 4th February 2022, we premiered the second version of our opera in the second biggest city in Burkina Faso.
At Institut Français de Ouagadougou
On 5 March, 2022, Ambassadors of various countries were also in attendance, and the performance was filled with excitement.
Live concert at P'tit Bazal
In a cool live spot near the grand marcket Ouagadougou .
The earliest recordings
When we were practicing in the shade of a tree in a big field
PREMIERE of the 1st ACT at Institut français
23th April 2021 in Ougadougou
MAM SOUR BEBE with Taita
The title song of the opera "La-bas ou ici..." was translated into Morre.
VOA TV news
RTB TV news
Reportage about us
BBC Photo Story
A Japanese composer, a Burkina Faso story-teller and a Congolese rapper make an opera
Griots, rappers and composers redefine opera in Burkina Faso
Current Cast (2023 June)
Composition: Keiko Fujiie, Maboudou Sanou
Libretto: Moyi MBOURANGON
Musicians: “SABABOU KADI KEIKO” Keiko Fujiie, Maboudou Sanou, Ibrahim Dembélé, Boureima Sanou, Yacouba Sanou,
Comédien: Lamissa Dembélé (dit petit médicament)
Arts visual: Justin P. Brown