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L’Esprit du Feu: Introduction

Operatic work in Tahitian language, by Geoffroy Colson, libretto by Gabriel Cavallo. Non-Traditional Research Output. L’Esprit du Feu: Te Vārua o te Auahi is a creative operatic work aiming at embodying the potential sustainability of indigenous Pacific Islands cultures within a changing environment. The project delivers a highly creative artwork combining operatic singing with French Polynesian […]

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Distribution and Orchestration

 Cast ʻUi (baritone) : king of Faʻaoe Motire (mezzo-soprano) :  ʻUi’s wife Aro (soprano) :  ʻUi’s and Motire’s daughter Tahuʻa (bass) : ‘Ui’s priest and counselor Ata (tenor) : king of Raʻiatea First Messenger (tenor) Second Messenger (tenor) Goddess of Fire (soprano colorature) A villager (spoken) Two courtesans (mezzo-soprano) Main Choir: Soprano, alto 1, alto […]

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2018: Grand Palais, Paris

The Grand Palais in Paris is the iconic monument of the Reunion des Musées Nationaux- Grand Palais, a public cultural establishment that reports to the Minister for Culture and Communication. It showcases exceptional exhibitions to best advantage in its vast spaces, attracting over 2 million people each year. Held from October 11, 2017 to January […]

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2013-2016: Sydney

The project started with the encounter between Geoffroy Colson and the librettist Gabriel Cavallo, during a fieldwork period in Tahiti in 2013. It has been included in Geoffroy’s PhD research project as one of the potential non-traditional research outputs. From 2013 to 2015, preliminary stages of the project included the audition and selection of young […]

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Synopsis

Written in Tahitian language, the libretto draws on indigenous legend La légende de Aro Arii te Tara, reported by the last queen of Tahiti, Marau Taaroa. The legend was successively published in the French weekly journal L’Illustration[1] in 1927 and in the Bulletin de la Société des Etudes Océaniennes[2] in 1983. It relates the dramatic […]

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