Via Intolleranza II Burkina Faso

When he discovered the location for the Opera Village Africa near the capital city of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Christoph Schlingensief found a place where his “circling thoughts found a base”. And it is there that the culture-linking, intercontinental and intertolerant work VIA INTOLLERANZA II will be performed in front of an African audience for the first time.

Rehearsals for VIA INTOLLERANZA II get underway In Ouagadougou.

Christoph Schlingensief travelled with his team to Burkina Faso in March 2010 in order to get to know the artists in Ougadougou and to work on a new piece with them. It was important for him during the initial phase of the OPERA VILLAGE AFRICA not only to establish the relevance of his work in Europe in relation to this long-term project, but also to confront his colleagues with this location and establish a relationship to the people living their and allow jointly gained experiences to flow into the artistic work on VIA INTOLLERANZA.

Schlingensief encountered Irène Tassembedo, choreographer and director of a dance company in Ouagadougou. During the preliminary phase, she organised a great number of dancers, singers as well as musicians, comedians and actors who, in the form of improvisations and own performances, came forward to audition for a role in VIA INTOLLERANZA II. The ensemble that was put together in this way travelled with Christoph Schlingensief and his European team to the first filming of the performance on the grounds of the OPERA VILLAGE near Laongo, where the first foundations were just being built. And so the then utopia that was the opera village project took on its first tangible form in Via Intolleranza II.