Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music - Update

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music looks set to have perfect weather for the entire time. The forecast is for daytime temperatures to be between 33 and 36 degrees Celsius and evenings a pleasant 17 0r 18 degrees

The opening night at Bab Makina (Friday June 22nd) promises to be another interesting creation under the direction of Alain Weber – Stage production and conception. Ramzi Aburedwan – Music direction. Christophe Olivier – Lighting designer. Franck Marty and Spectaculaires – Spectacle managers and image light operators. Scenographic creation (mapping).

On the theme of the present edition "Ancestral knowledge" the creation will highlight artisan motifs. In the Arabo-Islamic tradition, aspects of handicraft know-how are originally linked to a divine or prophetic revelation, as evidence of the desire to integrate a craft to a wisdom and to a practical and daily spirituality. The craftsman models and works on the material in the same way as the divine intellect configures the Soul in order to produce the cosmos, using shapes and colours. Therefore, the craftsman’s gesture is like a fragment of the universal action of the soul, creator of the universe. Such creation will, thus, be a great poetic and musical evocation of the privileged relationship prevailing in the City between architecture, handicraft, brotherhoods and crafts. Such reflections will be nurtured by the thoughts of the great Arab philosophers, both ancient and modern, inspired by Greek philosophy, particularly that of Aristotle.

Mapping will be sober and start from a black and white, very stylised graphic drawing which will successively give birth to a colourful historical architecture. Work on geometric motifs, emanating from weaving mosaics and moucharaby, or from weaving motifs. It will integrate with kalam by Julien Breton, a live calligrapher (light-graph). Prestigious artists from Morocco and the Arab world will highlight the traditional and modern aspect of these artisan crafts.

See the Festival programme here - Programme


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