La Monnaie / De Munt LA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
Ali at KVS, Brussels, 2024

Grey Filastine, Ricard Soler Mallol


Ali knows he has to leave, but is not sure where to go. 

No one flees for fun. Ali is 12 years old when he leaves Somalia. He travels the dangerous road from the Horn of Africa to the heart of Europe. Along the way, friendships are made despite the hardships and hope is found amidst the horror. Ali has to cross several countries, a desert and the Mediterranean along with hundreds of migrants seeking a better future. He arrives at the Brussels South railway station in 2019, alone, without knowing a word of French or Dutch. He is 14 years old …  

This incredible epic is the true story of Ali Abdi Omar, adapted for the opera by composer and multimedia artist Grey Filastine and director Ricard Soler Mallol. Developed in collaboration with Ali himself, this moving creation reconstructs all the stages of his journey. A sensory experience where electronic music, voice, string and wind instruments, percussion and dance pay a vibrant tribute to the resilience of a young boy forced, like so many others, to leave his family and home in order to survive. 

This production is part of TROIKA DIVERSITY
Dates & tickets





Start ticket sale 1.3.2024


Sung in French
Surtitles in Dutch and French


Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance: in Dutch by Frederic Delmotte and in French by Delphine Clarinval

Dates & tickets



World premiere
Livret d’Ali Abdi Omar et de Ricard Soler Mallol
Musique de Grey Filastine, avec Walid Ben Selim et Brent Arnold

Conductor MICHIEL DELANGHE Artistic Concept & Director RICARD SOLER MALLOL

Set & Costume Designer MARIE SZERSNOVICZ Lighting Designer CUBE.BZ Dramaturgical Adviser ANDRÉANE ROY

Ali SANELE MWELASE Narratrice, mère RAPHAËLE GREEN ° Narrateur, Mohammed le trafiquant, Walid, Abdi Aziz KAMIL BEN HSAÏN LACHIRI °

° MM Laureate

Other roles
Amina, Mohammed, Khadra, Ashim, Leila, des trafiquants, des policiers, un travailleur de l’ONG, un narrateur

La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra

Production LA MONNAIE Co-realisation LA MONNAIE, KVS With support from ENOA & CREATIVE EUROPE

Thanks to Engie

In co-production with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of and ING
With the support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter