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.