3 mil RIOS

Is a multimedia opera created in collaboration with local communities and artists who live along some of the main rivers in the Putumayo, Caquetá, Chocó, Pará and developed in close cooperation and support from environmental and artist's organizations PangeiArt, Amazon Conservation Team Colombia, Mas Arte Mas Acción and Flora ars+natura based in Bogotá.

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"The opera needed to reflect people's lives in the rain forest, their realities and their culture. Only then could we channel their voices and share the drama that's unfolding but also the beauty of that environment" 


The libretto is based on Roberto Franco's book 'Cariba Malo', the late Colombian anthropologist who traced the history of the Yuris, an indigenous community who lives in voluntary isolation in the Puré river in the Amazonas Department in the Colombian Amazon.

The score written by Victor Gama is divided into three acts with a scenography based on video projections and multi-channel sound synchronised with the movement of the camera. The audience is immersed in the forest, its rivers and its people.

Deep Dive Into The Forest

Our Crew

YETZABEL ARIAS FERNANDES

role: Idia

soprano, Havana, Cuba frequently collaborating with Ton Koopman and Jordi Savall.

JAIME KIRIYATEKE

role: Caraballo

singer, dancer, Muruí-Muína community, Puerto Berlin, Caquetá, Colombia is also a fishing

BETTY GARCÉS

role: Menesthos

soprano, Buenaventura, Colombia sings regularly with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota.

MARIA INÊS PALACIOS

field research consultant,

anthropologist working in processes of restitution and legalization of indigenous territories across the Colombian Amazon.

3 thousand Rivers

WAIRA NINA JANAMIJOY MTUMBAJOY

role: Auka

singer, performer and cultural policy advisor for the Inga Nation, from Florencia, Colombia.

VICTOR GAMA

composer, director, video, initiated '3 thousand Rivers' on a commission by the Prince Claus Fund and the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Salomé Pais Matos

SALOMÉ PAIS MATOS

a multifaceted harpist from Portugal, works regularly with the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra and Lisbon Metroplitan Orchestra.

Pedro Ojeda

PEDRO OJEDA

drummer, percussionist from Bogota, band member of Los Pirañas, Frente Cumbiero and Rompe Rayo.

Urian Sarmiento

URIAN SARMIENTO

multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist band member of Curupira, Aterciopelados, editor of the Sonidos Enraizados label in Colombia.

Rui Peralta

RUI PERALTA

show control,

video projections, field work photography,

RUI PINHEIRO

music director,

principal conductor with Orquestra Clássica do Sul, and artistic director of Algarve Classical Festival

Joana seguro

JOANA SEGURO

producer,

independent curator working in music, art and technology linking disparate fields across art forms and disciplines.