Nocturne For Pit Orchestra

Photo by Ilaria Lupo
Photo by Ilaria Lupo
Photo by Ilaria Lupo


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  • event type:WOMEX 18 Film Screening
  • date:27 Oct 2018
  • time:12:00 - 12:30
  • city/area:Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • venue:Film Room 2, INFECAR
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Directed by Ilaria Lupo
Duration 21’ | English with English subtitles

Production Country and Year: Bahrain, 2018
Produced by: The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Al Riwaq Art Space, Temporary Art Platform, FARE, NASS, Red Bull Music Academy
Producers: 24F, Jeo Productions
Director of Photography: Ebrahim El Fadhala
Sound: Rabih Beaini
Editor: Ilaria Lupo
Contact: Ilaria Lupo, Rabih Beaini

Nocturne for Pit Orchestra is an experimental film documenting the creation of a live public performance conceived for The Bahrain National Quarry, involving the site’s labourers as performers while navigating the contextual implications of the quarry's history within the socio-economic shifts in 20th century Bahrain. Beaini engaged with the site labourers after contextual research, in particular on the pearl divers music - Fjiri a complex vocal music that embodies a pivotal history of labour in the region. A site that is a sign of modernity for the region reverberates with the music of the past sung by the forgotten people of the present.

Ilaria Lupo is a visual artist who lives and works in Beirut. She develops a public space practice, contextual and process-based. Her projects have been supported by several organizations in the Middle East and in Europe.

Rabih Beaini is a composer, DJ, producer with the label Morphine Records. Through the ongoing researches on hybridisations, his music fuses techno, electronic-infused jazz, noise, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian sonorities.

Ilaria Lupo and Rabih Beaini will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.