Tierno Bokar logo
CU Home
Home
Background
The Production
Record of Events
Record of Promotion
Contact Information

Classroom Resources for CU Community
Community Partners
The Production

Tierno Bokar is directed by Peter Brook and was adapted by Marie-Hélène Estienne from the great West African writer Amadou Hampaté Bâ's The Life and Teaching of Tierno Bokar: The Sage of Bandiagara. The piece features music by Toshi Tsuchitori and Antonin Stahly and lighting design by Phillipe Vialatte. Sotigui Kouyaté, from Burkina Faso, who appeared in Brook's Mahabharata, The Tempest, and other productions, plays Tierno Bokar.

Read the Tierno Bokar cast and production list. (PDF)

You will need to download the free RealPlayer plug-in to view the videos.
You will need to download the free Acrobat plug-in to view the video transcripts and links followed by "(PDF)."

Voza Rivers

Voza Rivers on meeting both Peter Brook and Gregory Mosher in the mid-1980s and how their relationship developed around the production of plays from South Africa. Rivers also comments on the African community in Paris that surrounds Brook’s Bouffes du Nord theater and the growing West African community in Harlem, and describes meeting the diverse cast of the play.

Brook and Mosher

Video icon Play video

Read transcript

Paris

Video icon Play video

Read transcript

Meeting the cast

Video icon Play video

Read transcript

Gregory Mosher

Gregory Mosher outlines the goals of the Columbia University Arts Initiative, noting that Tierno Bokar speaks to all its aims.

Arts Initiative

Video icon Play video

Read transcript

Readings

Read an excerpt about Tierno Bokar from Michael Kustow’s new book, Peter Brook: A Biography, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2005. (PDF)

Read Michael Billington’s review in the Guardian (November 3, 2004).