March 31, 2000
Luyala
Composer:William Banfield
Librettist:Penelope Bridgers
Synopsis
A music drama with co-equal vocal and dance performance, portraying a spiritual journey of personal transformation and reconciliation with the community. Luyala, the proud princess, loses her hair through a curse. Muoma, a lame beggar, undertakes a perilous hunt to restore her glory.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:30

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Tonal with strong African influence

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 6 principal roles, SATB chorus (12-16 members). Chamber orchestra (substantial percussion)

Original Cast
Dancers: Monique Newton as Luyala, Stafford Berry Jr. as Muoma. Singers: Louise Toppin, William Brown, Nnenna Freelon


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