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The Golden Stool

or the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa

Toneelhuis, LOD muziektheater, Gorges Ocloo

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An AfrOpera by Gorges Ocloo which blends Western Classical opera repertoire into a highly rhythmical, dynamic soundtrack.
The Golden Stool, the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa takes place in 1900, during an important battle between the British Empire and the female army of the Ashanti Empire in contemporary Ghana. Warrioress Nana Yaa Asantewaa was leading the troops in the battle for the Golden Stool. 

The Golden Stool, the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa is a story about sovereignty and theft, about the power of symbols and the importance of being mentally independent. But most of all, about Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the woman whose life revolves around her activism. 

On stage are ten black women: South-African singers Nobulumko Mngxekeza-Nziramasanga (soprano) and Nonkululeko Nkwinti (mezzo-soprano), strengthened by a choir of eight singers, dancers, and percussionists. This afrOpera blends Western Classical opera repertoire into a highly rhythmical, dynamic soundtrack.

Credits

direction, libretto, composition, set, costume

  • Gorges Ocloo

soprano

  • Nobulumko Mngxekeza-Nziramasanga

mezzo-soprano

  • Nonkululeko Nkwinti

choir, dance, percussion

  • Doris Bokongo Nkumu
  • Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu
  • Gloria Biney
  • Titilayo Oliha
  • Saar-Niragire De Groof
  • Briana Stuart
  • Maïmouna Badjie
  • Somalia Williamson

advice composition & choir master

  • Joris Minten

advice libretto

  • Josse De Pauw

dramaturgy

  • Tom Rummens

musical advice

  • Katherina Lindekens

production management

  • Eva De Wolf

directing assistance

  • Karlien Torfs

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • LOD muziektheater

coproduction

  • Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

with the support of

  • Enoa
  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid

All data

  1. Thursday 27 April 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Friday 28 April 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 29 April 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Sunday 30 April 2023 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

News about ‘The Golden Stool’

Gorges Ocloo calls for a repertoire that starts from the bottom up Article — 24 June 2022

Gorges Ocloo calls for a repertoire that starts from the bottom up

‘Actions, not only words’ – that was the motto of his school in Ghana, and theatre maker Gorges Ocloo (b. 1988) still lives by it. His shows are colourful extravaganzas of visuals, movement and music, with a strong political undertone. He wipes his feet on the classical repertoire. Meet a director who plans to take the Bourla by storm with new metaphors.

 

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