‘Sastipén Tali’, translating to Health & Freedom in Roma language, is a concert inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece “La Boheme”.
When we research the word “bohemian” we find that it was a name bestowed by French speakers upon Roma people and others who lived among them in lower-rent districts of Paris and other cities on the belief that they had originated from the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. This term would later be adapted linguistically to refer to a particular artistic and impoverished lifestyle of an individual.
Moving alongside the musical trajectory of Roma people from Rajasthan to Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia & Spain we experience the libretto of La Boheme in reverse. From death to life, from isolation to community, to Health & Freedom. We self-investigate and confront our prejudices installed against communities living at the margins of society, and we celebrate the powerful role of art, when placed at the very center of life.
Musical Direction : Perico Sambeat
Artistic Direction : Magdalini Giannikou
Special Guests : Flamenco artist Rafael Vargas “El Chino” & faculty member Sergio Martinez
Berklee a les Arts is a collaboration between Palau de les Arts and Berklee College of Music that offers the audience new meeting points for music and other artistic disciplines related to the pieces performed at Les Arts