Creation – « Zyriab or the Fifth String » – CAT B


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A journey to the sources of inspiration for Andalusian music, between heaven and earth, mountains, and palaces

When Arab music becomes Andalusian, it inherits the teachings of ancient philosophers such as Al Firdûsî or Al Kindi, themselves inspired by the thoughts of Pythagoras and Plato. Their vision of the cosmos and planets linked to music aligns with that of the desert poet, who contemplated the vastness of the starry sky. Poet, singer, and musician of Kurdish origin, Abou Al-Hassan Ali Ibn Nâfi, known as “Zyriab” (“the bird or the blackbird”), a flamboyant prince of this great Andalusian saga, will take us through skies and mountains, to the Umayyad court of Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman II in Cordoba in a show that will gather artists from Uzbekistan, Iran, Syria, India, Spain, Egypt, Italy, Armenia, France, and Morocco.



In order of appearance

Rabie El Katti, actor – Morocco
Ilyos Arabov, singing, sato – Uzbekistan

Ali Jaberi, tambur – Iran
Georgi Minasyan, duduk – Armenia
Smadj, oud & sound design – France
Omar Boutmazzoukht, lothar – Morocco
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Master mohan -Veena – India

Maristella Martella, dance, Italy
Sanaa Maharati, singing, Morocco
Anaïs Oliveras, singing, Spain
Ensemble andalou Ranine

Mukhamed Janov Gulamjon, daïre, Uzbekistan

Gazi Khan Barna, kartal, India

Shukronakhon Kamalkhodjaeva, dance, Uzbekistan

Shokhsanam Turunpulatova, dance, Uzbekistan
Ergashova Hushnozaoy, dance, Uzbekistan
Hushnozaoy Ergashova, dance, Uzbekistan
Dinoza Artikova, dance, Uzbekistan

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Juan Carmona, master flamenco guitar, France-Spain
Maise Marquez, dance, Spain
Isidro Suarez, percussion, Spain
Chotu Khan, India
Shadli Mohammed Mourad, tabla, Egypt

Loup Barrow, Cristal Baschet – France

Nubie Al Hamy, dance, Egypt
Karim Naggar, dance, Egypt
Ramadan Fadi, dance, Egypt
Islam Hany, dance, Egypt

Ensemble Haïdouss d’Oulmès – Morocco

Ensemble Madalena under the direction of Manu Théron – France

Alain Weber: conception and staging

Christophe Olivier assisted by Gaël Boucault: lighting design
Franck Marty; Pierre Le Quéau: mapping Spectaculaires – Image creators

Sila Herrera: illustration
Soudabeh Kia: musical advisor
Leïla Sajie: artistic coordination and production

Sandrine Le Coz and Aya Rawi: artistic management
Aziz El Achab and Erik Loots, Technical Direction

Chris Ekers: sound engineer
Tristan Guiot: sound engineer
Vincent Debongnie: sound engineer
Rachid Belhasna: stage manager
Thanks to Gulnora Muusaeva Abderraouf Ouertani