BUSHRA EL-TURK Woman at Point Zero
Plus music by:
Merit Ariane Stephanos Firdaus
Louai Alhenawi nays
Miloš Milivojević accordion
Raphaela Danksagmüller flutes
Naomi Sato sho
Carmen Troncoso recorders
Hyelim Kim taegum
Sabrina Mahfouz librettist
Maria Koripas director
In this special, one-evening concert, The Royal Opera joins forces with Shubbak Festival to showcase works by five composers from the Arab world. Shubbak is London’s major biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, connecting London audiences with the best of Arab culture across visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture and debate. This evening in two parts will share and celebrate short works by five composers, centring on the premiere of scenes from Bushra El-Turk’s new opera Woman at Point Zero.
Woman at Point Zero is based on the seminal novel by Egyptian author, feminist and doctor Nawal El Saadawi – an allegorical tale of historical female oppression in Egypt that questions what true freedom and empowerment can mean for women today. Preceding extracts of Woman at Point Zero are the UK premieres of chamber works by the four participants of The Royal Opera and Shubbak’s inaugural Arab Composer Residency programme: Amir ElSaffer (Iraq/US), Nadim Husni (Syria/Poland), Bahaa El-Ansary (Egypt) and Nabil Benabdeljalil (Morocco).
Tickets: for more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Royal Opera House website.
The development phase of Woman at Point Zero has been commissioned by Shubbak with Abu Dhabi Festival with support from The Royal Opera and Snape Maltings and PRS for Music Foundation. Additional support from British Council for presenting Bahaa El-Ansary.