The Arab Apocalypse

It was January 1975. One day, I took a pen, a sheet of paper, and I thought: I want to write a poem about the sun. Totally repetitive: the sun, the sun, the sun.
Etel Adnan, "Nous savons tant et nous savons si peu" (2011 - 2017)

Presented at LUMA in Arles last July, the musical theater The Arab Apocalypse, based on the publication created in 1975 by the painter and poet Etel Adnan offers a gripping depiction of the civil war in Lebanon. The sun, a central figure in a series of mystical variations, allegorises the spread and influence of cultures from throughout the Arab world, and the cataclysm that was brought upon them in an endless tragedy with global repercussions. This work—a virulent denunciation of crimes that sprung from intolerance—is like no other, and profoundly touched and inspired the Israeli-Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, who lives in Berlin, and the Franco-Lebanese stage director Pierre Audi. 

This event was commissioned by Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in coproduction with LUMA Foundation and Abu Dhabi Festival. 
With the support of André and Rosalie Hoffmann and le Cercle Incises pour la création contemporaine.

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