Organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi
Set against a backdrop designed by Shawky, The Song of Roland features more than 20 singers and musicians performing in the classical Arabic ‘fidjeri’ style, which first developed more than 800 years ago, amongst fishermen in the Arabian Gulf.
Combining history and theatre with art, music and myth, the work interrogates stereotypes associated with the history of the Crusades and reflects it from an Arab perspective.
Inspired by one of the oldest works of French literature 'La Chanson de Roland' (The Song of Roland) and the French-Lebanese writer Amin Malouf’s 1983 book 'The Crusades Through Arab Eyes', Egyptian artist Wael Shawky’s work blends the cultures and traditions of medieval Europe with those of the Arabian Gulf.
Aug 18 - Nov 30, 2020
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
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