Chris Dercon

1 Via Intolleranza II, 2010 (directed by Christoph Schlingensief) Based on Luigi Nono’s polemical opera Intolleranza 1960, Schlingensief’s last major theatrical production—a ferocious dramatization of Africa and Europe’s fraught relationship—is closely related to the director’s final and most ambitious Gesamtkunstwerk: the “opera village” Remdoogo, a kind of ready-made Bayreuth under construction in Burkina Faso. In the months preceding his death at age forty-nine this past August, Schlingensief poured tremendous energy into Remdoogo while also relentlessly speaking and writing about the cancer in his own body and courageously enacting his fears onstage. His vitality was such that it was difficult to disbelieve Alexander Kluge, who, in an interview, flatly insisted: “Christoph Schlingensief is not dead.”

2 Diébédo Francis Kéré (“Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social

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