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.