Considered one of the foremost pioneers of the Afro-futurism movement, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sowerfollowers is a sprawling, epic tale of the spiritual awakening of young Lauren Olamina, amidst a dystopian America wracked by the violence brought on by climate change, unrelenting greed, and systemic injustice.
Known for her keen ear for sonic Americana, musician Toshi Reagon has been celebrated for her huge contributions to African American culture, and together with her mother, equally acclaimed scholar-musician Bernice Johnson Reagon, have adapted the novel as a modern operatic work, harnessing two centuries of Black American music to transform Parable of the Sower into a live action, post-apocalyptic, genre-defying performance. Amidst its scifi and African-American spiritualism, Parable of the Sower promises to touch on themes of gender and race and climate change, as it becomes a soaring meditation on the future of human civilisation.
Directed by Obie-Award winning director Eric Ting and produced by Singapore Repertory Theatre alumni Wang Meiyin, SIFA 2018 marks the first time the show will be staged in the Asia Pacific region, and is set to be a captivating theatrical work of rare power and staggering beauty.
Photos by Waleed Shah, Kevin Yatarola and Paul Marotta
Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower plays at the Victoria Theatre on 4th and 5th May. Tickets available here