Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia – 2018
For her performances in Australia, Solange worked with Griffin Frazen, an architect responsible for designing sets such as ‘M.Y.R.I.A.D’ with Oneohtrix Point Never.
For Australia, it was a much needed celebration of black excellence to a diverse audience of colour. “When I was thirteen I took one of those ferries right in front of the Sydney Opera House,” she said in the middle of the performance. “And to be here this many years later, and to activate this space, in this way, in such a powerful, moving way, with people from all backgrounds. Lots of beautiful black and brown people. Lots of beautiful people from all over Australia.”
A planetary orb rose above the stage like a giant pearl and two prisms framed the stage beneath the grand rafters of the Opera House’s Concert Hall. Her band ascended and descended a shallow flight of steps, with audiences positioned in the round, surrounding the stage.
“The idea that I stand here on this stage just to entertain you guys, I want more than that,” she said. “I want to engage with you, I want to see you, I want to feel you, I want to speak to you and I want you to speak to each other. And it just feels like the best job in the world to be able to do that.”