Moby Dick, at last Queequeg speaks
Jazzy opera about power and the need for closeness in an increasingly polarised world
LOD / Gorges Ocloo, Dominique Pauwels & Ben Okri
When he wanted to adapt Moby Dick, Gorges Ocloo asked the Nigerian writer Ben Okri to come on board, who reworked Melville’s text into a magic-realist story about the abyss between power and impotence, high and low, rich and poor. A story that unfolds after the ship has sunk, in a poetic and magic realm, inspired by voodoo and animistic tales. A dimension where everything is possible. Where Ahab and Queequeg enter into discussion for the very first time, after relinquishing status and ego and the material world, to end up pure and naked. Expect a jazzy opera, swinging and energetic, about the need for closeness in a world that is ever more polarised.