An ode to five iconic singers, inspired by personal stories
O. & Rajiv Bhagwanbali
Together with various Rotterdam artists, director Rajiv Bhagwanbali created a homage to five singers: Aretha Franklin, Cesaria Evora, Maria Callas, Lata Mangeshkar, and Bülent Ersoy. Music, spoken word, audio clips, street art, visuals and (pole!) dancing come together in five portraits of awe-inspiring women on a 90-minute route through Theater Zuidplein. The many conversations that Rajiv had with fans and admirers who are deeply touched by the music and lives of these icons, formed the inspiration for ICONS. Verhalen over legendarische zangeressen.
The stage is set for stories about, and songs performed by, singers who are world-famous whereas maybe you never heard of them. These musical heroines have one thing in common: they fight side by side for emancipation and freedom. Discover and experience the power of the (singing) voice of Bülent Ersoy, the much-discussed Turkish trans woman, Cesária Évora, the uncrowned Queen of the Cape Verdeans, Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, opera diva Maria Callas, and Bollywood legend Lata Mangeshkar.
ICONS. Verhalen over legendarische zangeressen is a co-production of O. and Theater Rotterdam in close collaboration with OPEN Rotterdam & Theater Zuidplein.