October 31 – November 4, 2018

Premiere US Premiere
Production Language Sanskrit
Country of Origin United States, Sweden
Description Satyagraha, one of Philip Glass’ most humane and mysterious works, was first seen on a New York City stage at BAM’s Next Wave Series in 1981. This opera about Mahatma Gandhi’s time in South Africa, during which he developed his nonviolent resistance philosophy, Satyagraha (insistence on truth) receives a well-deserved homecoming at BAM in a radically different production. A collaboration between the Swedish Folkoperan and the circus group Cirkus Cirkör, this Satyagraha puts singers (soloists and chorus), instrumentalists (reduced to 21 by Anders Högstedt), and acrobats all on stage as one community. Balls of yarn serve as the visual unifier and the symbol of India’s independence, (a concept Gandhi himself promoted). Although Folkoperan usually performs in Swedish to facilitate its audience’s understanding of the text, at BAM the opera will be performed in its original Sanskrit as Glass intended.
Identifier 2018f.11131
Season Fall 2018
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
animal trainer/handlerAnders Högstedt
author/playwrightConstance DeJong
choreographerCelia Roos
composerPhilip Glass
conductorMatthew Wood
costume designerDan Potra, Therésia Frisk
dance captain/répétiteurMagnus Sköld
director assistant/associateSanna Colling
hair stylistTherésia Frisk
lighting designerPatrik Bogårdh
press representative/promotionSusanne Reuszner
producer assistant/associateChristoph Fielder
production assistant/coordinatorFridjon Rafnsson
production managerMonica Fredriksson
set designer/decorDan Potra, Tilde Björfors
technical directorMina Lundstedt
translator/interpretorMats Lindberg
video artistVisual Relief