Wed 21 Apr - Sun 25 Apr

Woman At Point Zero

LOD / Laila Soliman, Bushra El-Turk & Nawal El Sadaawi
21 Apr
25 Apr

In Woman at Point Zero, we meet an imprisoned Egyptian woman on the night before her execution. An opera about women's rights and abuse - but most of all: about a woman of extraordinary strength. 

Woman at Point Zero is a new opera based on the classic 1975 novel by the Egyptian writer Nawal El Sadaawi. El Sadaawi describes her meeting with Firdaus, a woman on death row in Cairo, who shares her life story the night before her execution…

Burrowing into the hidden places where fear, violence and love are tangled together, Firdaus describes how she is trapped in a vicious cycle of abuse relationships, until the moment she commits a bloody crime in self-defense. From this universal story of exploitation, erasure and the search for freedom, composer Bushra El-Turk, director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy and filmmaker Aida Elkashef create a new multimedia production that weaves together diverse creative visions and challenges conventions, to reanimate opera as a powerful voice for a new wave feminism without borders.

Intertwining lyrical poetry and genre-defying music with compelling documentary testimonies from contemporary women who committed similar acts, it presents a chorus of women’s voices — once deemed insolent, damaged, and shameful, now in the process of reclaiming and telling their own stories with wry humor, tender intimacy, and fierce freedom.


LOD / Laila Soliman, Bushra El-Turk, Stacy Hardy & Aida Elkashef: Woman at Point Zero

composition Bushra El-Turk director Laila Soliman text based on Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi libretto Stacy Hardy video Aida Elkashef singers Nai Barghouti & Dima Orsho musical direction Kanako Abe ensemble ZAR: Hyelim Kim (taegum), Milos Milivojevic (accordion), Raphaela Danksagmuller (recorders, crumhorn, fujara, duduk, kaval), Naomi Soto (sho), Faraz Eshghi Sahraei (kamancha) & Laura Moody (cello) scenography Bissane Al Charif costumes Lies Van Assche video & light Johannes Ringoot production manager Kristel Deweerdt production LOD muziektheater coproduction All Aria's festival (deSingel Antwerpen, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Concertgebouw Brugge & Transparant), Royal Opera House London, Shubbak Festival London, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Snape Maltings UK & Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg) with the support of enoa (European Network of Opera Academies), PRS Foundation, FEDORA, AFAC (The Arab Fund for Art and Culture) & the TAX Shelter measure by the Belgian federal gouvernment tax shelter partner Flanders TAX Shelter 


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