Music by Nigel Osborne and libretto by Ariel Dorfman
I love it that, in the final scene of our epic/opera, even
Death sings along; I love it that all the characters join Naciketa
in that concluding, conclusive chorus. Because music was there at
the start of our humanity, was there, some say, at the origin of
language, as the first agreement with the elements that our species
needed, the first understanding of how w are to survive. Some
would say, and I would concur, that music was there before humanity
rose and sang of sunsets and sunrises. Some would say music was
there at the origin of the sun and the stars that make the universe
turn. Some would say that it was in the hope that there would be
music that the universe created itself. So it would not be lonely.
So we would not entirely die.
Ariel Dorfman, May 2010
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The Birth of Naciketa - a short film