Woman At Point Zero
21 avril20:00PremièreOn tour,deSingel - Anvers (BE)
22 avril20:00All Arias FestivalOn tour,deSingel - Anvers (BE)
25 avril20:00All Arias FestivalOn tour,Concertgebouw Brugge (BE)
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 mise-en-scène Laila Soliman texte d'après Woman At Point Zero de Nawal El Saadawi adaptation livret Stacy Hardy vidéo Aida Elkashef ensemble ZAR (recorders, classical accordeon, Japanese sho, Renaissance crumhorn, Slovenian fujara, Armenian duduk, Korean taegun, Arabic ney) production LOD muziektheater coproduction All Aria's festival (deSingel Antwerp, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Concertgebouw Brugge & Transparant), Royal Opera House London, Shubbak Festival London, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Snape Maltings UK)